7 Days of Praise – Day 7

Congratulations! We reached the halfway point! Time to turn up the heat and allow Christ to increase exponentially! 

40 Days of Increase | Day 20

If you would like to begin at Day 1 you can find that post here.
You can find an index to the 40 Days of Increase here.

—by Pastor Don Weeks, Antioch Missionary Baptist Church

We can never be certain of “the sweet Psalmist of Israel’s” motives. Why did David want his Psalms read aloud? Why did he take so much trouble in writing them down? Did he imagine that some Roman Catholic kid from Cleveland, Ohio, would one day grow up to memorize them and sing them and love them? Maybe the shepherd boy David didn’t understand why God had gifted him, and filled him with such wonderful words of life and joy, but God understood. God saw me, and billions like me through the ages—and through all eternity—that would love David’s Psalms as God’s words.

I love the Psalms, I really do. And I love the story of David. I love how Ray Boltz writes about him in his song, Shepherd Boy. Here’s the chorus:

But when others see a shepherd boy
God may see a king
Even though your life seems filled
With ordinary things
In just a moment He can touch you
And everything will change
When others see a shepherd boy
God may see a king

That song is amazing, and so is the story of David, and so is the love and power and inspiration of our God!

I believe David wanted to bring others to God. I believe he knew he was gifted with words and used them to increase praise in his own life, and in the lives of those whose hearts were moved when his praises were set to music.

No one is really sure how the melody went to David’s Psalms, but listen to the words from Psalm 34:

Psalms 34:1-3  I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.  [2]  My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.  [3]  O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together.

David’s call to action is super clear: Magnify the Lord with me!

Psalm 34:3 is the soul winners heart’s cry. It is the sentiment that a pastor has when he pleads for his people to praise the Lord! It is the deep unspoken ache of a church planter in a foreign country praying for God to help him gather an assembly to worship Christ. It is on my own heart as a father who deeply desires his own family to gather closer in praise to Christ!

 O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together!

Your daily task

Pray and then allow this praise to echo in your being. Who is missing in your circle of praise? Who would you say this to, if you could? Church member, you may not be the pastor, but shouldn’t you, as a so called, “regular member,” desire this from your brothers and sisters in Christ? Do you wonder where everyone is on Sunday morning? (By the way, no one is a regular church member. Each one has the ability to be 100% sold out to Christ and be the beginning and cornerstone member of God’s next revival.) Hey single mom with young children, do you gather your children together and sing praises to the Lord? Is this your heart’s cry for your family? Pray that God would allow this verse and this desire to increase in all of our hearts!

Write out your memory verse, Colossians 3:16 and try to recall it from memory. Then write God some praises about reaching others for His Son Jesus Christ. Then publicly, somewhere and somehow exercise the power contained in Psalm 34:3:

O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together!

Have an exalted day in Christ!


He Must Increase, Antioch’s theme for 2017, taken from John 3:30. The devotions explore this theme and how Jesus must increase in our lives, other’s lives, and in the homes, churches and nations of the entire world.

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