Back to Basics: Magnifying the Lord

By Peter DeWitt

In the previous post I wrote about getting back to basics. Many of us have lost a step with God in this season. For one reason or another, we've found ourselves lacking some joy and strength. I want to develop a few practical steps about getting back to basics.

Magnifying the Lord

One of the best things I've ever been taught is to be thankful that I got saved every single day. I'm thankful that I woke up saved again today! I've coupled that disposition with something Bill Johnson teaches about choosing to fall asleep each night in a place of adoration. It is about remembering Who God is from a place of thanksgiving.

So, I try when I go to sleep, to reflect on those simple truths of Who God has been to me. As I'm falling asleep I rehearse simple truths like this:

"Thank You Jesus, You are my Savior. You are my Protector. You are my Confidence. You are my Righteousness. You are my Strong Tower. You are my Perfecter. You are my Provider. You are my Friend. You are my Father. You are my Comforter. You are my Counselor."

Psalms 100 tells us this sort of thanksgiving is a first step to true worship.
Worship has a magnifying influence. David said in Psalms 34 "Oh, magnify the Lord with me, And let us exalt His name together."
How can you magnify God? Of course you cannot make God actually bigger ... but you can make Him bigger in your perspective.

To worship is to magnify the Lord, which brings us more into right perspective about just how great He is!

Conversely, the enemy is always seeking to gain our worship. Recall that satan was a worship leading angel in Heaven before he fell. His fall was desiring to receive the very worship he was supposed to lead. That pride still typifies who satan is. He wants your worship.
True worship of God always starts with thanksgiving.
False worship of satan always starts with complaining.

Thanksgiving is magnifying the good, complaining is magnifying the bad.

Where are you holding your magnifying glass? Who are you worshiping?

"whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things." (Phil. 3:8b)

If you've lost your joy, if you've lost a step with God in this challenging season, I want to encourage you!

Let's get back to basics. "Oh, magnify the Lord with me, And let us exalt His name together."