THURSDAY || Psalms 34:3

 

 

“Oh magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together.” — Psalms 34:3

 

Depending on the type of person you are and what holds your attention when you look at these pictures, you may notice a variety of things:

The colorful wall in the background. The super fresh Adidas sneakers I’m wearing. The floral print platforms my friend Maria is wearing on the right. Or the super serious face my other friend Claudia is making in the last picture on the left.

Then there is another factor that is hard to miss: our differences in style. There’s Claudia (pink skirt and sneakers)  who is wearing a form fitting peplum top and pencil mini skirt. There’s Maria (floral print platforms) with a loose fit long sleeved purple (Velvet? Eggplant? Maroon?) casual cotton mini dress. And then there’s me, with my green statement tunic and sneakers. Not to mention the wannabe afro I neglected to comb out earlier that morning.

We are all beautiful and stylish in our own respect, but the fact remains that we’re different. We have different opinions on certain matters, different choices of music when driving, different ethnic backgrounds, different tastes in guys (haha), different tastes in style… Just altogether different.

But God loves the 3 of us the same.

Now, depending on how you were raised, or how you believe young women should carry themselves, you may think that what one of us is wearing is either too short, too tight, too revealing, too plain, or even too old fashioned, which is fine. And there’s also the possibility that you might not even care at all. And that’s ok too.

With that being said, the scripture I’ve chosen to focus on for this weeks blog is Psalms 34:3 where it states, “O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together.”.

As simple as this statement appears to be, it can be quite difficult to actually achieve.

If there’s one thing that God wants us to achieve here on earth aside from bringing souls into the kingdom, it’s unity. Unity can only be achieved when you learn to do the following 2 things: love the Lord with all your heart, mind, and soul, and love your neighbor as yourself.  We know that we have obtained peace in our relationship with God when worshipping and magnifying His holy name has become our favorite thing to do, and we’re no longer questioning why we have to do it, or how long we have to do it for. And we know that we are progressively developing in our relationship with God when we are able to put aside our nonessential differences and honor Him corporately, as one.

But how often do we spend time during worship services staring at the Pastors sons newest tattoo. Or the length (Or lack thereof), of the skirt of one the praise team members. Or the Sunday school teachers’ nose piercing. Or the greeter with blue hair.

[*Disclaimer: Please note that I am merely using these descriptions as examples. If any of the aforementioned examples are indeed a factor in your congregation, and your spirit is greatly troubled, you should then do what it suggests in John 7:24 which is to judge righteously. To do this you must, with a sincere heart, take your concern before the Lord in immediate prayer. Then you must exercise patience and humility by then allowing the Lord to do the remainder of the work via the Holy Spirit who operates as our guide to help us make divinely inspired decisions.]

We spend so much time focusing on the things we don’t like or don’t agree with concerning other people… that we miss out on the miracle working power of God through unity. Maybe the greeters’ blue hair is a tribute to a family member who drowned on a beach trip a few years prior. Maybe the Sunday school teacher has insecurities about the size of her nose and uses the piercing to hide behind. Maybe the praise team member is wearing hand me downs, and that short tight skirt was the best she could do that day. Maybe the pastors son is crying out for help or attention and feels like a tattoo is the only way he can express himself.

These are individually unique problems and situations, but inner healing and restoration from all these matters only come when you lay them down at the cross. But few people come to the cross without an invitation. This is why the verse in psalms 34:3 is so important. It’s an invitation to anyone that is willing to hear, to “magnify the Lord with me. And let us exalt His name together.” And when this is achieved, God’s love is evident, and those who are dealing with bondage, burdens, heart aches, and emotional pains, can find solace in His presence while being surrounded by people willing to lend a helping hand.

*** To anyone who may read this post that doesn’t identify themselves  as a believer in Jesus Christ, this doesn’t disqualify you from the invitation given in Psalms 34:3. The Lord has made Himself eternally available to you through the blood of His one and only Son. This is confirmed in Romans chapter 10:9 which states:

“That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

So please take this opportunity, if you are willing, to pray this prayer of salvation out loud.

‘Lord Jesus, I come before You as sinner. I understand that I have not been living my life in respect to You and what You’ve done for me on the cross. But I also know that you have the power to remove that from my record and give me a brand new start. I believe that you are the true and living God and that you were raised from the dead. I repent from my sins and promise to live according to Your word from this point forward. Amen.’

Now get a bible that you can understand, (NKJV, ESV) and start reading about the life of Jesus. (Matthew, Mark, Luke, John) And the book of Proverbs, which helps with practical daily application of the word of God. Then find a home church to go to where you can be held accountable for your walk with Christ.

In closing, I want to make the suggestion that when you gather within your place of worship this Sunday, (or whenever you meet with your church group) that you focus solely on magnifying the name of the Lord and exalting His name together, every single day. Not Just Sunday.

— Loni Elizabeth

9 Comments

  1. September 14, 2016 / 12:45 pm

    Great post Loni! It’s awesome to be reminded that God loves us all the same despite how we look on the outside! 🙂

  2. Carolyn Starling
    September 14, 2016 / 2:30 pm

    Wow how awesome you have open up this old lady heart and eyes on somethings, that I been praying about. My young sister you spoke that some will see what God is saying through you and maybe some wan’t but it’s okay cause his in control of this battle, and no matter what we say are do Hey Sits High and Look Low, other words we can run, but can’t hide. I saw and read the prayer out, cause Hell is not a joke and I have been in some of those people processing that I was crying out for help and sometimes I still do, but now I know who to cry out to. I am going to continue looking at what you saying, cause it just maybe what the Doctor Jesus order. I want you to know that I’m very proud of you and you keep letting God do whatever His doing through you, and Thanks for sharing this with me.

  3. Sonia
    September 14, 2016 / 3:50 pm

    Awesome post Loni, a reminder that God is more focused on matters of the heart that what is perceived on the outside! Christ died for all of us and didn’t make an exception, thank you Lord for laying your life for us!

  4. Karyme
    September 14, 2016 / 11:11 pm

    You’re absolutely right. I feel that so many people judge because of someone’s style and that shouldn’t be that case! We are to show love and unity because that’s what Jesus did. You never know why someone does something, so we shouldn’t judge but just embrace them with love.

  5. Damon Phillips
    September 15, 2016 / 1:47 am

    This is awesome, I love the ideas that God has given to you for this blog and I also love the motivational scriptures and paragraphs that you use which make me sound “wise” to my friends. Great site, Awesome!!

  6. September 15, 2016 / 2:33 am

    Excellent post!it is so true whenever I find myself examining someone to much as to how or why they look a certain way I always wonder what’s the story behind that action/person. Thank you for reminding us that we must look beyond that.

  7. September 16, 2016 / 1:01 am

    Wonderful expression and application of text, Loni! Love it! If we are filled with love and compassion, our differences can we worked out and unity achieved! Proud of you!

  8. Mother Gail
    September 21, 2016 / 3:26 pm

    Some of the very people we may view as inadequate or lacking something outwardly, could actually be something that person has CHOSEN to sacrifice for what they perceive as a benefit for their fellow human beings. In other words some people may have chosen to offer themselves up for possible hurt in order to serve a higher purpose. They did not play it safe and hide themselves from possible scars of criticism or even physical harm. They chose to stand and take the arrows because they wanted to protect others sometimes with no thought for even their own safety.

    Example: How can we possibly understand that when a volunteer soldier enlists in the army with pure motives and reasons then suffers severely after a bomb explosion they may not receive any outward scars but instead a severe inner trauma. That person’s nervous system, brain function or even post trauma’s distorted choices may be their best efforts. Awkward people does not equate inadequate people. Who are we to see them any differently than our Savior sees them?

    I love your theme Loni. I find you one of the most non-judgmental people I know. Thank you for being so genuine and being who you are. You are truly beautiful inside and out and a very good example of your theme.

  9. Carol L. Rice
    October 21, 2016 / 9:03 pm

    Beautiful post, Loni! One of my favorites. I love your use of compare and contrast to illustrate how unique we all are in the eyes of God. It also demonstrates that in our differences that we can all come together and unite in love and build each up in the Lord. Every individual has something wonderful to offer.

    Thank you for sharing God’s Word in such a beautiful way. The more I read your blog, the more I understand your concept of Not Just Sunday. It makes me consider so many things that I am about to say or do, and I think to myself, “Would I do this or say this at Church on Sunday?” Or even, would I do this or that if Jesus were standing right here… which by the way, He is! Very powerful and profound when you really think about it!

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