Magnify Him with Thanksgiving

Lou Lotz

READ : Psalm 69:30-36

I will magnify him with thanksgiving. (v. 30)

How do you magnify God? “I will magnify him,” says the psalmist. How do you do that? God is from everlasting to everlasting, the Alpha and the Omega. God measures the oceans in the palm of his hand, and buttons his vest with the stars. How do you make God bigger than he already is? You don’t.

But when you think about it, a magnifying glass doesn’t actually enlarge the object we’re looking at. The object remains the same size. The change is in us—in our capacity to observe and appreciate.

The psalmist says he will magnify God “with thanksgiving.” Thanksgiving enhances our appreciation and perception of God. When we are thankful, God gets bigger in our lives; it becomes easier for us to see him.

If you dug through a bucket of sand with your fingers, trying to pick out all the particles of iron, you’d soon get frustrated and quit. But run a magnet through the bucket and you’d find the iron particles easily.

Rub the magnet of thanksgiving over your life and see how quickly the blessings become visible—health and friendship, laughter and loveliness, the list goes on and on. I remember that old gospel song from my childhood: “Count your blessings, name them one by one, and it will surprise you what the Lord has done!”


Thank you, Lord.