The focus of this verse is the word “magnify” which means to enlarge: to make big. However, the creator of the universe, our Lord, is already big and powerful. The emphasis, then, is not on “the Lord”; the emphasis is on “my soul”: me.
It is easy to make other things in our lives more important than God. We often care more about what people think than what God thinks. We spend more time thinking about money than about God. We curate our social media profiles more carefully than our spiritual accounts. We play games more often than we read God’s Word or pray. Effectively, rather than magnifying God, often we minimize Him.
To magnify God means that we choose to make God an ever bigger part of our lives. Indeed, our Lord must become so big, so important, that He fills our focus and we only see Him: every aspect of life is seen through Him. The Lord must become everything to me.
This is the only way: this is the definition of salvation. If God is anything to us, God must become everything to us. There is no halfway. Anything in our lives that competes with God is an idol.
As the Scripture says,
“Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” ~ 1 John 2:15
In other words, loving God and loving anything not-of-God are mutually exclusive: we can only do one or the other; we cannot do both. If we belong to God, we will magnify Him over everything else. And if we belong to the world, we will magnify the world over everything else.
And, likewise, the metric for spiritual growth is the answer to the question: “Who or what is becoming more important in your/my life?”
All of life rests on our souls’ response to God. Are we minimizing Him? Or are we magnifying Him?
Mary made her choice. And it was the right one.
“O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together.” ~ Psalm 34:3