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Praise the Lord

I must give God a big shout out! God is beautiful. God is stunning. God is awesome!

Now here is some good news. I can magnify God by glorifying Him.

So how does that happen? What is the secret?

In those days Mary set out and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judah where she entered Zechariah’s house and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped inside her, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. Then she exclaimed with a loud cry: “Blessed are you among women, and your child will be blessed!How could this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For you see, when the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby leaped for joy inside me. Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill what he has spoken to her!” And Mary said: “My soul exalts the Master.” | Luke 1:39-46

The Greek term doxazō means “to give glory” or “to make glorious.” The New Testament gives us glimpses of when Jesus the Messiah was glorified. The transfiguration of Christ brought His glory out into the open. The apostle Paul called Jesus the “Master of glory” and wrote that the “glory” of God radiated from His face.

John’s good news account is uniquely the Good News of glory. In the incarnation, the Son of God showed the glory that was His as the only begotten Son of the Father. The raising of Lazarus was a manifestation of the glory of God in the Messiah.

Jesus’ prayer in John 17 is filled with comments on the glory of the Messiah, including the affirmation that the disciples of the Master would share in that glory. John said that Jesus would be fully glorified as the result of His crucifixion and resurrection.

Giving glory to God through worship and through upright living. God’s people are exhorted to praise him and to bring honor to his name.

There are two kinds of magnifying: microscope magnifying and telescope magnifying. The one makes a small thing look bigger than it is. The other makes a big thing begin to look as big as it really is.

  • Luke 1:46 —And Mary said: “My soul exalts the Master.”
  • Luke 19:37–38 —As soon as He was approaching, near the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of the disciples began to praise God joyfully with a loud voice for all the miracles which they had seen, shouting: “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Master; Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”
  • Psalm 103:19–22 —The Master has established His throne in the heavens, And His sovereignty rules over all. Bless the Master, you His angels, Mighty in strength, who perform His word, Obeying the voice of His word! Bless the Master, all you His hosts, You who serve Him, doing His will. Bless the Master, all you works of His, In all places of His dominion; Bless the Master, O my soul!
  • Psalm 33:1–5 —Sing for joy in the Master, O you righteous ones; Praise is becoming to the upright. Give thanks to the Master with the lyre; Sing praises to Him with a harp of ten strings. Sing to Him a new song; Play skillfully with a shout of joy. For the word of the Master is upright, And all His work is done in faithfulness. He loves righteousness and justice; The earth is full of the lovingkindness of the Master.
  • Psalm 68:26 —Bless God in the congregations, Even the Master, you who are of the fountain of Israel.
  • Psalm 104:1 —Bless the Master, O my soul! O Master my God, You are very great; You are clothed with splendor and majesty,
  • Psalm 106:1–2 —Praise the Master! Oh give thanks to the Master, for He is good; For His lovingkindness is everlasting. Who can speak of the mighty deeds of the Master, Or can show forth all His praise?
  • Psalm 111:1–10 —Praise the Master! I will give thanks to the Master with all my heart, In the company of the upright and in the assembly. Great are the works of the Master; They are studied by all who delight in them. Splendid and majestic is His work, And His righteousness endures forever. He has made His wonders to be remembered; The Master is gracious and compassionate. He has given food to those who fear Him; He will remember His covenant forever. He has made known to His people the power of His works, In giving them the heritage of the nations. The works of His hands are truth and justice; All His precepts are sure. They are upheld forever and ever; They are performed in truth and uprightness. He has sent redemption to His people; He has ordained His covenant forever; Holy and awesome is His name. The fear of the Master is the beginning of wisdom; A good understanding have all those who do His commandments; His praise endures forever.
  • Psalm 117:1–2 —Praise the Master, all nations; Laud Him, all peoples! For His lovingkindness is great toward us, And the truth of the Master is everlasting. Praise the Master!
  • Psalm 135:1–3 —Praise the Master! Praise the name of the Master; Praise Him, O servants of the Master, You who stand in the house of the Master, In the courts of the house of our God! Praise the Master, for the Master is good; Sing praises to His name, for it is lovely.
  • Psalm 135:19–21 —O house of Israel, bless the Master; O house of Aaron, bless the Master; O house of Levi, bless the Master; You who revere the Master, bless the Master. Blessed be the Master from Zion, Who dwells in Jerusalem. Praise the Master!
  • Psalm 150:1–2 —Praise the Master! Praise God in His sanctuary; Praise Him in His mighty expanse. Praise Him for His mighty deeds; Praise Him according to His excellent greatness.