My dad, former procrastinators, kept a magnifying glass beside his chair along with a small print dictionary. Whenever he came upon a word he didn’t know the meaning of, he looked it up to gain understanding. He focused on that word. He learned the definition; he saw how what he was reading made sense. What we look at up close and bigger we understand better. Things change.
“Let us magnify the Lord!” How can we do that? We can’t make a perfect holy God bigger or greater. We are the ones who benefit when we speak of His greatness. When we focus on Him up close, we can see facets of His character more clearly. We gain understanding of His qualities – His grace, patience, love, power, holiness, etc.
When I magnify the name of the Lord, He helps me see Him better for who He is and He helps me understand better whatever I am dealing with – including a struggle with procrastination.
We are His chosen people called by Him “out of darkness into His marvelous light.” That’s change. We move increasingly into light as we respond “Yes, Lord” to His prompts to change. Humbling ourselves, fleeing fleshly lusts, dying to self – all are change. “Put off the old man, put on the new” is change.
Magnifying the Lord puts ourselves and our efforts in perspective. Magnifying the Lord helps us submit to the Holy Spirit in us.
The more we are changed by His Holy Spirit’s work in us the more we magnify Him. We get a better look at God and others get a better look at Him as they see His change in us.
What facet of God will you closely examine to help you change?