OH GOD BE MAGNIFIED
1 The Lord reigns, he is robed in majesty; the Lord is robed in majesty and armed with
strength; indeed, the world is established, firm and secure. 2 Your throne was established long ago; you are from all eternity. 3 The seas have lifted up, Lord, the seas have lifted up their voice; the seas have lifted up their pounding waves. 4 Mightier than the thunder of the great waters, mightier than the breakers of the sea the Lord on high is mighty. 5 Your statutes, Lord, stand firm; holiness adorns your house for endless days. Psalm 93
The definition of magnify is to make large or to make great. I remember growing up getting the opportunity to look for the first time through a large telescope at the planetarium in Morgantown, N.C. It was really hard to see anything at first, but once I was able to get my eye positioned exactly right, I was able to see things that I never could have imagined. I was able to really see the magnified power of God's creation. It blew my mind.... And if you have never done that, I hope and pray that you plan that as part of your bucket list for the future. Because there are things that we are unable to see because of the physical limitations that we have in our bodies. I mean our eyes can only see so much, but I just want to let you know that there is SO MUCH MORE OUT THERE. One of the things I love to do from time to time is go on the www.nasa.gov website and see images that the Hubble telescope has taken. These are REAL images... Not images that have been recreated and it really allows you to see just how small we are and how vast the power of God is. Here are just a few images to see the magnified glory of God.
It is unbelievable that when we look beyond the boundaries of our limitations how much greater God is. When we get caught in our own box or our own world we start thinking in finite terms and so we start thinking that our God is finite. But in reality there is so much more to God that we cannot even fathom and these images are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to us having the ability to see just how BIG God truly is. I mean he is magnanimous... and His control and power has no limit or end. See the only way that God can be limited is through us. When we step into a situation of uncertainty, people watch how we react because based on our true trust of God shows the true power and authority that God has. Just like these stars and images, we cannot see them until they are magnified, the same is true about God. Until we are in a situation to where God is magnified in our lives, then others have no true idea how big God's authority truly is. Sometimes we are the lens that allows others to see the magnified glory of God.
As we continue to journey through the Psalms, today's Psalm is one that truly demonstrates God's unchanging and almighty nature. We see as the unknown author is glorifying God above some of the mightiest powers of destruction that the world had seen at this time. The power of the waves and the seas were seen as very destructive because there was no way to control the seas. Man was literally at the mercy of the waters. At the center of this Psalm is the holiness of God as the psalmist is beginning to direct our thought to the possibility of the coming Messiah. God's perfect moral character highlights His glory and can be seen everywhere. We see that the image of God is one robed in majesty and armed with strength. The image of power and security is seen as God is referred to as one who not only established His authority on the throne, but also the power of God's protection over His creation. We see the roar of the seas as the voice of creation crying out and magnifying the glory of God. We once again see and image of God's authority rising above the waters and establishing God's reign on earth above the uncertainty and evil that the seas represented at this time. In our lives we too must be willing to admit God's authority and control over every aspect of our lives by placing the focus off of ourselves and casting the focus on God.
The Psalmist closes his praises by once again proclaiming the holiness of God. God's words, statues, and laws stand firm as a foundation of how we are to live our lives. We must bring to life these lessons and help to magnify the holiness of God to a world still battling the seas of evil and despair. God's holiness is magnified when it is shown to be living actions that are seen in our every day lives. God is magnified when others can see our actions reflecting God's holiness. God is the same yesterday, today and forever. God has never and will not ever change. The problem is the fact that we have tried to create a god that is more like us instead of following the GOD who created us. As mentioned many times in this blog, it is all based on control. Are we willing to submit all power and authority of our lives over to the
GOD of all creation or do we want a god that we can debate and argue and manipulate until we get what we want. When we act in the second way, we cannot be surprised when God cannot be seen through us by those we encounter every day. We must become less in order that everything we do magnifies God to others who are in desperate need to experience God's grace, love and mercy. Those who are seeking the God who is above all and has authority over all. It is not easy to help others see. Just like my story of the first time I looked through the telescope, I had to make sure that my eyes were focused on the right thing before the image could be revealed and came into focus. The same is true with God. We are the ones who serve as the lens to help magnify the image of God to those who have never had the opportunity to truly see God in all of His glory. It is one of the most important jobs that we have been called to fulfill in humility.