“Let God be magnified!”

Psalm 70:4


      Let every ransomed soul join our blessed Redeemer in this prayer: — “Father, glorify thy name.” In this Psalm we have a prayer of our Lord Jesus Christ. Having done the Father’s will and put away our sins, the Lord Jesus Christ prays that all of God’s children would follow his example and say continually, “Let God be magnified.”


      This is distinctly the language of men and women who have been saved by the grace of God. Notice how they are described. They seek the Lord. Feeling their need of him, they seek him by faith in Christ. We seek the mercy of God in Christ for pardon, righteousness, fellowship, honor, glory, and immortality. Seeking God in Christ, the believer finds salvation and life in him. God’s children are glad in him. We rejoice in who he is, and what he has done, and what he is doing for us. Being saved by the triune God, by the sovereign will of the Father, the effectual, sin-atoning blood of the Son, and the omnipotent, irresistible grace of the Holy Ghost, all God’s elect love his salvation. We love the gospel of substitution. We love him who is our Substitute. Once more, the Psalm characterizes God’s children as those who seek his glory. They say continually, “Let God be magnified.”


      When we cry from our souls and say to one another, “Let God be magnified,” we are expressing the desire of our hearts that our great God be honored in and by all things. Our Savior taught us to pray, “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.” That is the desire of every heaven-born soul. We want to magnify God in the thoughts of our hearts and in our actions and attitudes before men. The paramount desire of our souls is that our God and Savior be magnified. As individuals and collectively as the Church of the living God, let us say continually, “Let God be magnified.”


      No one is worthy of honor, glory, and majesty but our great God; and the triune God is magnified when Christ is magnified. No one is worthy of honor, glory, and majesty but Christ our Savior. He loved us. He redeemed us. He preserves us. He will bring us to glory. We use this saying, “Let God be magnified,” with confidence, because we know that the Lord our God will be magnified in all things and by all things (Romans 11:33-36).







Don Fortner



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