I fell in love with this pair of verses.
I will praise the name of God with song
And magnify Him with thanksgiving.
And it will please the LORD better than an ox
Or a young bull with horns and hoofs.
Psalms 69:30-31 NASB
It explains a lot actually.
First – songs that lift up the name (or should I say names) of the Lord please Him.
Next – thanksgiving magnifies Him.
Let’s talk about that for just a minute. What does it mean to magnify?
The Hebrew word means “to cause to grow.”
Can I actually make God bigger? Hmmm – perhaps not. But when I give thanks to Him for what He has done for me - in me, or I tell of His mighty deeds to those I rub shoulders with, I am like a magnifying glass.
Those who hear my praise (me being the closest hearer) can see some detail that was invisible or indiscernible just a moment earlier.
Third – the Lord would rather receive authentic praise from His beloved children, than to have us walk mindlessly through rituals of devotion.
Please note – when our praising the name of the Lord becomes a mindless ritual of devotion, it does not look any different to the Lord than the sacrificial system He came to despise. (See Isaiah 1.)
Will you sing to His name with me today?
Will you magnify Him with thanksgiving as you go through your day today?