Amplify and Magnify

“For if because of one man’s trespass (lapse, offense) death reigned through that one [Adam], MUCH MORE surely will those who RECEIVE God’s overflowing grace (unmerited favor) and the free Gift of righteousness [putting you into right standing with Himself] reign as kings in life through the one Man Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One)” Romans 5:17 Amplified Classic

“O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together” Psalm 34:3 AMPC

“I will confess and praise You O God with my whole heart…I will worship toward Your holy temple and praise Your Name for Your loving-kindness and for Your truth and faithfulness; for You have exalted above all else Your Name and Your Word and You have magnified Your Word above all Your Name! In the day I call You answer me; and You strengthen me with strength, might, and not temptation, in my inner self. All the kings of the land shall give You credit, and praise You O Lord, for we have heard of the Promises of Your mouth [which were fulfilled in Jesus]. Yes we sing of the Way of the Lord [Jesus!] and joyfully celebrate Christ’s mighty Acts, for great is the glory of the Lord…The lowly He brings into fellowship with Himself; but not the proud and haughty…Though we walk in the midst of trouble, You revive us! You stretch out Your hand against the wrath of our enemies, and Your Right Hand saves us. The Lord will perfect that which concerns us; Your mercy and loving-kindness, O Lord endures forever” Psalm 138

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7 Responses to Amplify and Magnify

  1. Amen Yvonne be Blessed

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  2. thesonsarefree says:

    Thanks and good morning!. I’m glad you pointed this out: “…I will worship toward Your holy temple”.

    Several years ago I wrote an article about “Worship Services” and in it asked if (typical) Sunday services were worshipping in Spirit and Truth if the worshippers turned away from the Spirit does dwell (in us) toward where He does not dwell (the altar – in a building He doesn’t live or dwell in / Acts 7:48, Acts 17:24, and Matthew 23:38, et al). Our worship is directional, it always has been, but are we worshipping in the right direction today?

    What I wrote in the article was not to advocate that we bow down to each other to worship, but to point out that in bowing down and/or standing and raising hands toward the altar, is in vain because He is not there, He is in me, you, every other believer whose body temple He makes home. That David (?) wrote he would worship toward God’s holy temple, underscores that the OT to NT transition marks God’s change from an externalized and physical bodily form of worship, to an internal one in the Spirit. Even the wedding at Cana of Galilee demonstrated that principle, by turning water intended for external ritual washings into wine taken internally by everyone who receives Christ.

    With the Spirit having led me in that understanding, it’s caused worship services as they are today (praise bands and congregations worshiping before/toward the altar, sometimes in an frenzied physical display) to lose me completely because with the revelation of externalized to internalized, it seems like what is common in worship today is mostly vanity.3

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    • So great to hear your “take” on it! I am the only one as an “itinerate worshipper” (I LOVE to worship!), with my hands raised up above my head with my palms up to the Heavenly Throne in a wide “V” so as my praise and worship goes up to the Throne of God our Father and his Lamb, and whatever God our Father knows we need comes down. We give all the glory to God for the glory he gave to Jesus who gives to all who “believe in Me through their word” (John 17:2021) and worship God who is Spirit, in spirit and truth, to be one in the Spirit (John 4:24, 17:22-23).
      The Sesame Street line comes to mind, “One of these things in not like another.”

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      • thesonsarefree says:

        You’re blessed to be able to sing, dance and praise / bask in the Spirit when gathered together with a crowd. I’ve wondered if one reason it’s different for me, is because I am a songwriter and singing guitar player? After 20 years of performing concerts in and around Seattle, it was difficult to make the transition as a player/leader from performance to worship, especially when before a concert I was asked to “lead worship” and saw the stress the hosts went through to prepare for it. Also looking out from the stage and seeing (sensing) the stress and impatience of the audience – sound crew – guys pacing in the back, service managers pointing at the clock – it was hard to focus on the pure. I remember once having to put my guitar back in the stand, close my eyes and sing acapella to restore my peace and resume playing. Naturally there is no problem for my wife and I at home to sing, play, fellowship and share, but when the expectations of others enter in on me as “worship leader”, I feel it so keenly that it often blew up my “shalom”. Some are meant to walk alone, I reckon.

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        • Glad you can worship freely at home with your wife!
          I was blessed to worship at a tiny Spirit-filled, Bible-following, Jesus-teaching, kingdom preaching church on Saturday, and when the Spirit overwhelmed me I cried until God dried my tears, and and entering worship, union in the Spirit, I gratefully entered the glory of the Lord, the Presence, the place of Power and Transformation, where there is no separate me, but all is Christ (Galatians 2:20) and went home a new creation again, born again anew from Above; regenerated, refreshed, revived, and renewed in the Holy Spirit. Thank you Jesus!
          I was so thankful to find a gathering of born again saints. It was in stark contrast to the church I went to on Sunday morning, formal, stiff, where it seemed people were there to meet an obligation not praise God, despite circumstances, in the “midst of” circumstances, to enter worship, to enter the glory.
          I pray the Spirit falls upon all flesh in churches. I pray pastors will no longer quench the Spirit or despise prophesying. I pray all churches will take the teaching and warning of Revelation ch 2-3. I pray all churches will begin to see the Light and hear God’s Voice (as Saul/Paul saw the brilliant light of glorified Christ and heard Jesus speak) changing everything so he could open eyes to see to turn from darkness to light and from the power of satan to the Power of God, receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those sanctified by FAITH in Christ through the Spirit (Acts 26:12-18). The Word of God is not information but transformation; the Word is transforming! the glory is transfiguring!
          “The Scripture is not given to increase knowledge (Daniel 12:4b), but to change our lives” ~D.L. Moody
          “For the kingdom of God does not consist in talk but in Power” 1 Corinthians 4:20

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          • thesonsarefree says:

            That should be its own post ;^) Father recently moved me to write an article about tongues, drawing on our experience being sent to mainline denomination churches, and them chasing us out. Not until I wrote the article series did I see something, Yvonne … my wife and I *never* spoke in tongues there, we weren’t led to do so – just attend their gatherings. But He did instruct us to witness about the Holy Spirit and spiritual gifts which brought the sons of hell out of the woodwork to assail us. Thus we were assailed for our testimony about the HS and His gifts, and not for using them. In the rural midwest where we lived for 15 years, and have relocated from WA once again part time to be near our family, there is no place we’ve ever found like the fellowship you described. It does sound wonderful, but we’ve never experienced the like. I’m not looking for sympathy or advice, just sharing background. My wife and I are content together with the Lord and He always gives us sweet rest after forays into the countless strongholds against Him. I look forward to the day we shed this and go home where there will be no more hindrance of the flesh. I’ve had dreams of it – one of the most amazing being witness (in the Spirit) to the resurrection and singing about it in real time – playing my guitar and singing without music, every word and note known when it needed to be sung/played and not before – beautiful chords, melody, rhyming words. And when I woke, I desparately tried to remember it to write it down and sing it again. At that point the Spirit impressed me that the music in His Kingdom is NOT written down – it’s always new – always true and timely. There is unlimited creativity there and puts to shame the ‘dim vision’ we have here of His music – and the silly notion that we need to write down, record, copyright and market music here … so in a sense, having seen that in the Spirit, this world is a kind of “on the willows there, we hung up our lyres” moment for me. The closest we come here is singing spiritual songs (Eph. 5:19) which my wife has done since we met 25 years ago and I’ve been staring to do after years of frustration trying. He finally said to me when I asked how that it is simply “by faith” whereupon I started singing in a tongue, and there it was – beautiful – and in a different language for me than my usual prayer tongue.

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