“I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul makes its boast in the LORD; let the humble hear and be glad. Oh, magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt His name together!” Psalm 34:1-3
I don’t know why, but holidays can sometimes bring out the ME in me. I can be self-righteous and self-absorbed and all kinds of other self words, especially self-indulgent. Even as I’m making a point to love or serve others the way God would want me to, I can be self-serving in my thoughts and motives. Hate to admit it, but it’s just the truth.
The deeper truth? I can have this same attitude not only during the holidays, but every moment of every day too.
Psalm 34 has long provided HUGE Truth for me with the ME-self stuff. Perhaps it will for you too. See, when I’m focused on me, Me, ME, it’s as if I’m walking behind a huge magnifying glass. But the psalmist reminds us to turn that puppy around and “magnify the LORD” with him. He lays out several verbs to help us practically do so.
“Bless.” Who? The LORD. When? At all times. How? By praising Him continually.
“Boast.” In myself? Nope. In the LORD. How? Way down deep in my soul.
“Hear and be glad.” It says the “humble” hear and be glad. Not a whole lotta self in the hearing.
Magnify.” The LORD! Not me. Not my wants or needs. Not my actions. Not my goodness or acts of righteousness or anything at all. Magnify the LORD, the giver of all good things.
There’s no way to live and love this way apart from the Lord, but we can ask Him to enable and strengthen us. He is willing and wanting to give us the grace to do so. Sure, we’ll flop some, and we’ll have to allow Him to show us how to do this little by little, but that’s not the point. Because it’s not about us being perfect (or about us at all), it’s about us learning to see Him big and tall…knowing He is God…magnifying Him. And I love that He’s patient in the process.
Let’s exalt Him, my friends, this Thanksgiving and each day after. For when we do so, we are “radiant” with His character. Let’s remind each other to get our fill of Him before we even dare to fill our plates with anything else. As we “taste and see that the LORD is good,” hopefully those around us will want to do the same.
Ready, set, GO to the Lord.
“I say to the LORD, ‘You are my Lord; apart from You I have no good thing.”
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