Magnify The Lord With Me
Every week we get another opportunity to do exactly as David instructs in this Psalm: "O magnify the Lord with me, And let us exalt His name together."
What a call! "Magnify" means ‘make strong' or 'declare the greatness of.” “Let us exalt" or ‘raise up' or ‘lift high.’ To be clear, the Lord does not need us to declare His greatness, for He is great; nor does he require us to lift His name high, for it is already so. But, He wants us to, and commands us to, for no other reason than He delights to hear His people worship Him. David knew this, and he understood the immense spiritual benefit that came as a result.
As we remember our Lord again this morning, let's consider the where, who and why of this call to worship sounded by David.
David knew what it was to be living in the good of personal worship. This is somewhat surprising when you consider the circumstances he found himself in. He was writing from the cave of Adullam, where he had retreated following a humiliation at the hands of Abimelech. He should never have even been in his presence, let alone behaving as he was (you can read the story in 1 Samuel 21), but sadly he was, and now he was holed up in a cave.
That cave was an interesting place. During his 'outcast' years it was a place where all those who felt they had been badly treated came to join Him. They were a motley crew of the discontented, distressed and indebted. Very often, spending too much time in the presence of people like this can be bad fo one's soul. It can result in a 'root of bitterness' (Heb. 12: 15) or a critical spirit, but not David. Instead, he wrote this line, "O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt this name together."
Given where he was and who he was with, it could have been expected that David would have given in to the temptation of self-pity, but he didn't. He rallied those around him, not with a call to warfare but to worship. But why? Because he was personally living in the good of his call: "I will bless the Lord at all times. His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof and be glad."
This truly was a godly man; chastised by his circumstances, yes, but a man who had learned lessons and was able to pass on their import to others.
So let's join with David again this morning and “magnify the Lord... and exalt His name together."