“I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify him with thanksgiving.” (Psalm 69:30 ESV).
C. S. Lewis once wrote, “I think we delight to praise what we enjoy because the praise not merely expresses but completes the enjoyment.” In other words, praise is a necessary overflow of our delight in what we truly enjoy. This is why praising God and glorifying God go hand in hand. When we express praise to God for who He is and what He’s done we magnify His glory, not merely by proclaiming how good He is, but by displaying how good He is through our joy and delight in Him. It is our delighting in God, it is an overflow of joy in God that leads to praise that magnifies the glory of God.
To magnify the glory of God is not to make God in His glory look bigger than He is, but to look as big as He is. Our magnifying the glory of God works like a telescope, not a microscope. And that’s why the Psalmist also speaks of thanksgiving here. We magnify the glory of God through our thanksgiving, because it’s what He is and what He’s done that has overwhelmed us with thanksgiving, and thus caused us to see how great He is and thus take true delight—our greatest delight—in Him… Which of course leads to praise, which gives us greater joy and greater magnifies God’s glory. God gets the glory and we get the joy…
And we have so much to be thankful for. We were dead in our sin, destine for condemnation. But God, because of who He is, showered His love, mercy, and grace upon us by sending Jesus to live, die, and rise again to save us. And not merely to save us from condemnation, but to bring us into reconciliation… To bring us to Himself in perfect peace and perfect joy. Jesus gave all and paid it all so that we could be with God in eternal joy forever and ever… He owed us nothing but death and hell and yet gave us everything… most importantly Himself… What do we have not to be thankful for? Indeed, we truly should magnify this great God with thanksgiving. As that old hymn says, “To God be the glory! Great things He has done… So loved He the world that He gave us His Son.” May we never cease to be amazed by this great God, and may we never cease to give thanks for all He is and all that He’s done. Let’s magnify the Lord.
I am nothing; Christ is all!