Septermber 2015 Pen
Men under the Magnifier
O magnify the LORD with me,and let us exalt his name together. Psalm 34:3
This verse among many in the Bible tells us that we are to magnify the Lord.
As I have gotten older I have come to realize that the purpose of magnification is to make things look larger than they really are so that the details can be seen more clearly. While magnification helps in some ways it can be a hindrance in others. Magnification will enlarge the details of the flaws in something just as much as it enlarges that which is good. It also narrows the view.
That is why God has commanded that we magnify the Lord. When any human is put under the magnifier of any kind of media, eventually the ugly defects of the old nature are made manifest to everyone looking on. That is why an election campaign brings out the carnality of the candidates and so-called Christian organizations expose the failures of their founders. One can always find fault with anything of human origin whether it is “spiritual or secular”. When put under careful scrutiny every human even those God included in the Bible are found faulty.
When we magnify the Lord as Isaiah did in chapter six we can never find any faults no matter how carefully we investigate Him. The more closely we look the more holy He is. Therefore we must live our lives totally in Christ. That which is done FOR Christ may fail if it is done in the flesh; but that which is done IN Christ can never fail.
Paul’s teacher Gamaliel said this when the disciples were being investigated by the Pharisees, “And now I say unto you, Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought: But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God.