For those of you who don’t know me super well, I have horrible eye sight. Thankfully, it’s corrected with contact lenses and/or glasses. Once I have those on, everything comes into focus. And yet, there are still things I’m desperate to see.
Paul told the Christians in Corinth: “we walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7). When I get glimpses of how God is working in my life and in the lives of those around me, I’m desperate to see more. I long to see God magnified.
So, what does it mean to see God magnified? Magnify means to make larger, to make great, or to extol. To see God magnified is to see Him greater and larger. Often magnify is used simultaneously with glorify in Scripture.
When you search these terms in the Bible, several references pop up. In Psalm 70, David is desperate for relief from those who persecute him and seek to destroy him. And nestled in this plea is verse 4. As those who love God’s salvation, we should be prompted to say, “Let God be magnified.” So often, it’s easy to get tunnel vision. But what if we asked, “Lord, let me see you magnified,” and then looked for it.
I continue to have the privilege of seeing God magnified, not only in my life but also in the lives of others. I love to see or hear how God is showing off!!
Recently, a woman shared with me how she felt called to help a fellow momma in the checkout line at the grocery store. This young mother had already stepped out of line to get more food for her baby and then came out short when it was time to pay. The woman gladly stepped in to finish paying the young mother’s bill. But it was the young momma’s eyes that caught the woman’s attention. It was the gratitude and relief in her eyes that helped the woman see God and be reminded that He was working through her.
Another woman shared how with me about a recent prayer for family members and how the Holy Spirit had been prompting the people in the situation to respond. As I listened to her, I was reminded how powerful prayer truly is and how God is working in ways we don’t even realize.
With these recent examples, I am in awe of God and praise His name. When we see God magnified in our lives and in the lives of those around us, we can’t help but want to praise Him in worship.
Are you desperate to see God magnified? Do you long to be in awe of His work in your life or the lives of those you care about?
Father God, You know the prayer of my heart. You know I’m desperate to see You at work. Be magnified and glorified, Lord. May my lips praise You, and may my faith be increased. In Jesus’s name, I pray.