O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together. Psalm 34:3 KJV
When our grandson Brennan was five he loved to watch bugs. When he joined us on a camping trip, we made sure that he enjoyed some bug watching time. He would bring his magnifying glass, clear plastic bug box, and resource book. As we helped him scoop up a bug for the box, his eyes lit up with excitement. He delighted in his find as he used his magnifier to see the complexities of some of God’s smallest creations. Because the magnifying glass allowed Brennan to see his find, he eagerly desired to learn more about it.
The psalmist David reminds us to magnify God in the same way. We delight in getting closer to him through prayer and His Word, leading us to exalt Him in all His beauty and glory. When we magnify the Lord, we lift Him up for others to see. As our friends and family see God’s involvement in our daily lives, they too may want to take a closer look at Him. Today, let’s share Him with someone—lifted up and magnified.
Dear God, today may I magnify You in everything I do and with everyone I meet. Thank You for Your involvement in our daily lives. Help others to see You through our actions and speech.
Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a cornerstone chosen and precious, and who believes in him will not be put to shame. I Peter 2:6 RSV
I watched as the cornerstone was dedicated for the new sanctuary of our church. I thought how solid it looks, how capable of holding the weight of our new building through storms and years of use. Jesus had already indicated to Peter that he would be a rock of faith from whom a spiritual church would grow.
Peter, therefore, reminds us that as Christians we may be assaulted by the storms and weight of daily living, but Jesus is the Cornerstone of our life. Because of His great strength in us, we too can bear the difficulties and stresses of daily living. We need only to lean on Him—our Firm Foundation.
Dear Jesus, Thank you that I have a Foundation Who bears the weight of whatever I may have to face today. Remind me daily to rest upon Your love so that others may see Your peace in me throughout the storms of life.
For we walk by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7 RSV
“I think you will be needing bifocals this time,” the optometrist said when I was teaching middle school. I had known this was coming. I had been stumbling over words as I read to my students. This was the summer for me to correct the problem. The accuracy of my vision is important to me in my job.
Just as we maintain our vision by following the doctor’s advice, so we must keep our spiritual vision by following God’s word. He gives us prescription after prescription in the Bible for keeping our spiritual vision clear. We are reminded to keep our eyes on Jesus through faith, daily Bible reading, prayer, and fellowship with other Christians.
Dear Lord, Though my earthly vision may decline, may my spiritual vision always remain sharp and clear. May I walk in faith with spiritual “eyes” looking to you.
I love to walk with and write about our great God and my Savior, Jesus Christ. Now in my senior years, I can say, looking back at the joys, difficulties, and challenges of life, "I know that my Redeemer lives," (Job 19:25 NIV). I am a retired teacher and author of many published articles, and contributor to two books--God Still Meets Needs (Littleton)and Grandparenting Through Obstacles: Overcoming Family Challenges to Reach Your Grandchildren for Christ (Wilburn,Butts). I am also author of In God's Creation: Devotions for the Outdoors and In God's Creation: Devotions for the Beach. Both books are available on Amazon and www.booknofurther.com.