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Clergy Corner: Magnify the Lord, not the problem

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Posted: Friday, August 1, 2008 10:37 pm | Updated: 11:22 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

"O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together" (Psalm 34:3).

We hear that phrase, "Magnify the Lord." What does that mean?

When I get up in the morning, the first thing I do is put on my glasses. They magnify the world around me.

We begin to tune in our senses and note the time or perhaps the weather. Maybe a cup of coffee helps your body warm up. A glance through the morning paper causes some concern and heightens the awareness of the difficulties facing our world. By the time the paper is put down, the mind is now fully running. We start to focus on the day's challenges that await us. Maybe there is a problem at work, an issue with a family member, a repair that needs to be dealt with, or a project that needs our immediate attention.

From the moment we awoke and opened our eyes, we have "magnified" our world. We have focused on our own little world along with its problems and concerns. As our mind begins to process, plan and problem-solve the issues of the day, we have magnified them in our minds. Perhaps we have overfocused on our own challenges to a point where they become bigger in our minds than they really are. It's no wonder so many people suffer from stress.

Magnify the Lord.

Before you let the world and its problems confront us in the morning, take a few moments to magnify the Lord. Focus on his promises and his power. Read some Scripture and ask God for strength. Whatever we focus our thoughts on will keep getting bigger in our own mind.

God is infinite. That means he is way bigger than anything you are facing. Allow that fact to give you peace of mind and courage. Give thanks that Jesus loves you and has promised to provide for your needs. Rejoice that he will guide your path, giving you strength and wisdom.

As a child, you probably learned that a magnifying glass can focus the sun to such intensity that it will start a fire. (Every good outdoorsman knows that, too.) Maybe it's time we magnify the power of the "Son" against our problems and see what happens.

Spend time in prayer, go to church and let's magnify the power of God in our lives instead of the difficulties.

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The Rev. Mark Ernst is the lead pastor of Palm Canyon Assembly, which meets at Arbor Rose, 6033 E. Arbor Ave., Mesa (www.palmcanyonassembly.org).

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