Jimi Williams —  August 3, 2009

“O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt His name together.” Psalm 34:2-4.

I confess up front that I lifted this thought from my pastor in a message he gave yesterday. But it was so encouraging to me, I thought it worth the shame to share it!

The word “magnify” in this verse is the Hebrew word “gadal”, which means to grow or make greater. Now on first look, it would appear that the psalmist is encouraging us to “grow” the LORD or make him bigger than He is.

However, as my pastor pointed out yesterday, there are two ways to magnify something. First, you can take something that’s very small, like a single cell, and magnify it several thousand times with a microscope so that you can see it. In essence, you would be taking something that is very, very small and making it to where we could see its details.

The second way to magnify would be to bring something very big, but far away, close enough to see. For example, Jupiter viewed with the naked eye in the night sky would not be that impressive. However, viewed through a high powered telescope, all the detailed beauty and grandeur of the planet can be seen.


This is what we are doing when we magnify the Lord. We are providing a telescope to others who cannot see on their own just how great our God is.

Jimi Williams

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Jimi is VP of Worship Resources for Capitol CMG Publishing, overseeing all Worship Together initiatives and resources. He also leads worship at his home church and at various events and conferences.