Psalm 34 - Oh Magnify the Lord With Me

This Psalm is very often referred to, but many times without even knowing the reference.  While there are many psalms that speak of a call to bless or magnify the Lord, this particular wording is often used.  I believe it is due to the particularness of each statement as worded,  let’s look …

Vs. 1 - “I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.”

This combination of both Joyfulness and strong commitment come together seamlessly.    I freely want to “bless” and “praise” Him, but I also see that it is not something that I will naturally do without a sense of purposeful choice.   At “all times” He is worthy of my continual praise.

Vs. 3 - “Oh magnify the Lord with me, And let us exalt His name together.”
What a beautiful call to corporate worship!  Now that I have freely and purposefully chosen to “bless the Lord,” how good it is to call others to join.  The same freely given praise is multiplied in volume, honor, and impact when practiced together.  Let us “magnify” and  “exalt His name together” regularly.  Certainly as we gather in formal services, with singing & sharing, but also more often as we live, being connected to one another enabling praise to be freely and purposefully shared.

Vss. 18-19 - “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted
               And saves those who are crushed in spirit.
               Many are the afflictions of the righteous, …‭‭”

We are not done with the often quoted verses from this psalm yet.  Verse 18 is a precious truth that I have shared over a hundred times with those who are hurting.  It is a great truth that we can hold dear.  He IS near to the broken-hearted.  It is interesting, though that this is found in the same Psalm as Vs. 1, “I will bless the Lord at all times.”  We would not normally put these two thoughts together, but the Lord does.  Even in times of heart-broken despair, God is still worthy of honor and glory and praise.   Probably in those times when we feel like magnifying Him least is when He is really near, holding up our crushed spirit.

“Oh magnify the Lord with me, And let us exalt His name together.”

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