The Principle of Magnification

When I was a kid, I loved space. I loved looking up into the night sky and imagining all that was there. So, you can imagine my excitement when one year I received a telescope for Christmas. I couldn’t wait for it to get dark so I could take it outside and look at the moon. I’ll never forget looking through the lens of that telescope and seeing the moon from a completely different perspective. All of the sudden, this object that seemed so far away, was now so close that I could reach out and touch it. This once small object in the sky, was now, larger than life!

Now, you would look at me crazy if I told you that this telescope actually made the moon bigger. You would say, “No way! It just made the moon APPEAR larger in your eyes.” And, of course, that would be true. The fact is, you can’t make the moon any bigger than it already is! The telescope just magnifies what is distant and makes it larger in our eyes. It’s just the principle of magnification.

Worship does the same thing as this telescope. For many of us, our current set of circumstances main seem pretty big. I would go as far to say that this storm is filling your thoughts day after day, hour after hour, minute by minute. It’s all you can think about and it’s draining you. We feel like Peter when Jesus asks him to step out of the boat. We look around and the winds and the waves seem larger than they ever have been. Fear creeps in and we feel like we’re going to drown. The circumstance just seems bigger than Jesus.

But then we worship, and something amazing happens. You see, David laid out a pretty amazing strategy when we said, “O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together. I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears” (Psalm 34:3-4) When we worship and we begin to MAGNIFY Jesus, all of the sudden, our circumstances seem to diminish and our God gets bigger! Did we make God any bigger than He already is? Of course not! BUT, we make Him appear bigger in our own eyes. 

This once insurmountable mountain becomes an anthill, and the once distant God becomes closer than the air we breathe. Again, it’s not that God ISN’T with us, it’s just that many time we lose our focus in the storm and forget that He’s here! When we take the time to shut everything else down and begin to worship and focus our thoughts and attention on Him, we begin to see everything the way HE sees it. Your God is not worried. He’s not afraid. He is with you. So, worship.

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