It stands out from the psalm I’m reading, a word—nearly leaps, like print within thick circle of glass.
God gives me a magnifying glass: my mind. I hold it over things, move it close and far to focus, and what’s beneath it grows…
What I dwell on does get magnified.
I use that principle. If I cannot get clear sense of a thing, I’ll manipulate that lens to see reality, magnify to focus.
And that’s bad!
Lately I’ve glimpsed things too large for me. Magnifying portions of them small enough to fit within the confines of my meager equipment has smacked the eyes of my heart with a overblown view of terrible trivia. What’s stands out, clear, is the abysmal state of things past or present, and maybe even future.
Truly, truth can set you free, and what you don’t know can hurt you, usually much more than if you’re intelligently informed. Forewarned is forearmed.
But too much of a bad thing is a really bad thing.
Philippians 4:8 instructs me to dwell on what’s true, but also what’s noble, just, pure, lovely, good-newsy, virtuous, and praiseworthy—and I think the “true” it’s talking about is more than factually so, that it’s big-T True.
I only know one thing for certain that fits all those adjectives, without glitch.
I can gaze on blue sky and after while see tornadoes materialize. Scrutinizing a luscious apple I might soon behold a ghastly worm. I can ponder what I thought was thorough truth only to get some rough revelation of lies jolting me to rude and sad awakening.
But there’s one thing not like that…
That one thing was Paul’s one thing (Phl 3:13-14).
That one thing was Mary-sister-of-Martha’s one thing, her “good part” (Lk 10:42). And it was another Mary’s thing to focus on, big.
“My soul doth magnify the Lord,” she said (Lk 1:46-47 KJV). As Hannah magnified Him (1Sa 2:1-3,6-10). As I also do this morning when verses focused on His beauty and strength and power and glory and wisdom and majesty and due honor come before me on scripture pages or in thoughts of my heart or song from my lips.
It’s good to see our precarious state, and what huge obstacles challenge us. It’s good to see we are “poor and needy.”
Then how excellent it is to see His power to meet those needs in all the benevolence He’s poured out and keeps on pouring—to think on these things, and then to thank Him! For thanksgiving to God magnifies Him, too (Psalm 69:30 KJV).
O magnify the LORD with me. Let us give praise to His holy name!“I will praise the name of God with a song, and will MAGNIFY Him with thanksgiving. This also shall please the LORD better than an ox or bull…” –Ps 69:30-31