Psalm 34:3-4

Psalm 34:3-4

Oh, magnify the Lord with me,
and let us exalt his name together!

I sought the Lord, and he answered me
and delivered me from all my fears.

Psalm 34:3 tells us to magnify the Lord together.  This is an open invitation for all people to make much of the Lord God.  The God of all creation, the God who holds the whole world in his hands and who calls each one of the stars in the sky by name.  This verse is a call to action, not just a nice line in a psalm.  It is a command to make much of God in all things.  To recognize him in his proper place in the world, the creator of all things.

David, in this psalm, tells us that we are to make much of God in all things.  That we are to make him great in our lives.

John Piper explains that we are to magnify God like a telescope, not a microscope.  A telescope helps us to see lager things as they are, a microscope helps us to see small things greater than they are.  (  This analogy is helpful in understanding this concept, but not meant to convey that God is distant, or needs us to be seen or comprehended.  The fact is that we cannot comprehend God for who he is.  Isaiah 40 vs 18 & 25 ask the questions, whom then is God like that we can see him.  The answer is, of course, God is like nothing in this world.  He is like nothing that we could comprehend, except God sent forth his Son to be the likeness of himself that we might see him and in turn see God.

Jesus is the likeness of God that we can understand who God is by looking at him.  Jesus is the exact imprint of God, the exact replica of God – He is the image of the invisible God (Colossians 1:15)

Verse four reminds us that God is not far from us and cares enough for us to respond to our cries for help.  God delivers his people, and promises to deliver us too from those that would harm us.  Ultimately, the deliverance comes for our souls as Jesus laid down his life for his sheep (John 10:1)

I hope these verses help you to remember how important you are to your great God, and that his hand is never far from you.

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