David said in Psalm 34:3, “Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together.” To magnify is to make something more visible, because it was too small to see distinctly.
The Lord is most clearly seen, or magnified, to others as we emulate Him. We may be the only Bible they read. 2 Peter 1:4 says, “By which have been give to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature…”
We are partakers or sharers of His nature. In order to magnify Him, we need to exemplify His character. Our trials are His instruments to develop that character of Christ in us.
Another way we magnify Him is through our right responses to our trials. Believers and unbelievers are watching how we navigate through difficult or adverse situations in our lives.
I think of how the Lord displays His church. Ephesians 3:10-11 says, “To the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places, according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Peter and John magnified the Lord when the man who had never walked from birth was healed. John 3:9 says that all the people saw him walking and praising God. Can’t you just imagine it? Verse 10 says, “Then they knew that it was he who sat begging alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple; and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened.”
What about the blind man Jesus healed in John 9? The Pharisees questioned him. The now fully sighted man answered in verse 32. It says, “Since the world began it has been unheard of that anyone opened the eyes of one who was born blind.”
May the Lord be magnified in our lives. Right now is our opportunity to practice this truth. When countless are restless and agitated, our right responses would glorify Him. Let us emulate His patience and peace in the midst of this pandemic.