I had it engraved inside my husband’s ring: “Psalm 34:3” —
O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together!
Twenty-seven years ago last Friday I said “I do,” and that was my heart-cry to Mark Christmyer. Today, the fresh sparkling morning brings it to mind. The Lord is good! I watch the sun sift through the trees and my soul is lifted to God. I am grateful for all He has done but I feel enormously blessed to have someone to praise Him with.
O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name TOGETHER!
I was a Protestant when I got married, so I didn’t read the Deuterocanonical books. If I had, I would have known there was biblical precedent for this sort of thing, in the book of Tobit:
When Tobias and Sarah were married, the angel Raphael “called the two of them privately and said to them: ‘Praise God and give thanks to him; exalt him and give thanks to him in the presence of all the living for what he has done for you…. Do not be slow to give him thanks.'” (Tobit 12:6)
The good works of God are meant to be declared. How else will others know of his goodness?
You don’t have to be married to exalt the Lord’s name, and you can certainly praise Him alone in your heart, but there’s something about doing it TOGETHER with someone else that magnifies our praise.
Will you take some time and join me? Psalm 34 is a great place to start, if you need words.