This thirty-fourth chapter of Psalms has been a favorite of mine for the past thirty-two years. It contains the verse that my precious wife and I used to begin to build our family upon. Psalm 34:3 says, “Oh magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt His name together.” This has been the cry of our heart for the past thirty-two years.
God has been so faithful to our family. I wish I could tell you that we were equally as faithful to Him, but that is not humanly possible. I am sad to say that our sinfulness, frailties, and weaknesses in our flesh have kept us from always magnifying Him. There have been times over these years that we have magnified our own desires at the expense of His will for our lives. I wish I could tell you that we have always exalted His name together. There have been times that we have promoted ourselves and our own glory rather than maintaining a humility that would reflect the glory of God in us.
Having said all that, there is another verse later in that same chapter that really touched my heart as I read it this morning. “This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles” (Psalm 34:6). I want to tell you that “this poor man” (a very appropriate description of me, and possibly you too), has had to cry to the Lord more than once.
What I want to encourage you with here today is that every time I recognized my “poor” condition before my God and humbled myself to cry out to Him … He heard my cry “… and saved [me] out of all [my] troubles.” What an incredible God He is! His mercy is endless … praise God for that! His grace is always sufficient for every one of my weaknesses … praise God for that! His love is without boundaries toward me … praise God for that! His forgiveness is never-ending, and He promises to forget my sin and remember them no more … praise God for that!
What I am trying to say is that for each of us reading this, we must all confess that we all have failed to live righteously and magnify our God everyday. We have not exalted His name in every moment of our lives as Christians. Please do not despair … God knows that we are all “poor men” that will need to cry out. I am writing to encourage you to cry out to the One Who can make a difference in your life! The lies of the Devil are not true. God will hear and forgive the humble earnest prayer of His children!
“Grace grows best in the winter. When you have nothing left but God, then you become aware that God is enough.” – Maude Royden
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