“O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.” Psalm 34:3 KJV
Millions of people love the Psalms and have received comfort from them. The 34th Psalm was written by David while on the run from Saul, just after he feigned insanity in the presence of the Philistine king of Gath. It was a clever ruse to insure he would not be killed.
This 3rd verse really spoke to my heart. David was exuberant and joyful amidst extremely trying circumstances. In fact he was so thankful that he wanted others to join with him in praising God.
As Christians, we’re often taught to share each other’s suffering and bear one another’s burdens. But I don’t think we celebrate each other’s joys enough. If Christ has brought blessing to our lives shouldn’t we be sharing it with each other? When my siblings in Christ receive an award, or are joyful over anything, do I celebrate with them? Joy is a contagious state of elation, and it’s my belief that we should cause a juggernaut of Joy throughout the world. (I just pictured the crowds at a football game doing the wave.)
However, the most wondrous aspect of sharing our joy is the praise to God which it induces. Have you recently invited others to join you in praising God for what He has done in your life, as well as in their own life? Worship leaders understand how their own praises reach a most fervent pitch when the congregation they’re leading are joyfully singing from the heart!
Oh what a glorious day it will be when all of the redeemed shall join voices as one huge church, singing praises to our awesome King! Let’s magnify and exalt His name together.
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