O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together. —Psalm 34:3
I am positively sure after many years of observation and prayer that the basis of all of our trouble today, in religious circles, is that our God is too small.
When [the psalmist] says magnify the Lord, he doesn’t mean that you are to make God big, but you are to see Him big. When we take a telescope and look at a star, we don’t make the star bigger, we only see it big. Likewise you cannot make God bigger, but you are only to see Him bigger….
My brethren, God calls us to magnify Him, to see Him big. A meeting is not big because a lot of people are present. A meeting is big because a number of people see a big God in the meeting. And the bigger God is seen, the greater the meeting. A friend of mine has a little saying, “I would rather have a big, little meeting than a little, big meeting.” There are a lot of big meetings that are little because the God in them is a small God. And there are a lot of little meetings that are big because God is big in the midst of them….
That is the first thing—magnify God. Your ministry will be little, and you will live and die little unless you have a bigger God.
Lord, help me always to not only be satisfied with, but in fact to strive for, that “big, little meeting” rather than a “little, big meeting.” Amen.