Behind the Songs: Magnify

Song stories & lyrics from the album Fire in the Night: Magnify

Magnify comes directly from Isaiah 54 which begins with the words: “Sing, O barren woman, you who never bore a child; burst into song, shout for joy, you who were never in labor; because more are the children of the desolate woman than of her who has a husband, says the Lord.” Before I ventured back into music, one of my closest friends said to me: “Julie, when I talk with you, I hear barrenness.” A huge part of this barrenness came from me not making music anymore, which was the very thing the Lord wanted to redeem in me. Her words were a huge wake-up call.

I know that the prophets & the psalms were written for specific events and specific time periods, but they can also speak directly to the seasons & condition of our hearts. This is what happened with Isaiah 54 for me! It speaks so much of God’s deep compassion as Redeemer, his desire to establish us in righteousness, and for me … drawing out a ‘song,’ that magnifies his name (which you’ll hear in this song).

Magnify (Isaiah 54)

O afflicted city lashed by storms and left alone
From deep compassion He will come and bring you to your home
He will there establish you, calling you His own
For you have been redeemed and He is calling forth this song:

My soul doth magnify the Lord
My soul doth magnify the Lord

I will build for you a city, the streets are made of gold
With rubies and of sapphires and many precious stones
Where you will be protected and will not carry your shame
For I have called you mine and now you surely bear my NAME

My soul doth magnify the Lord
My soul doth magnify the Lord

I love the Lord, he heard my quiet cry for him to come
And I will not soon forget all that he has done
For you, oh Lord, delivered me and I am not the same
And I will not be silent now, with boldness I proclaim:

My soul doth magnify the Lord
My soul doth magnify the Lord

© 2013 Julie Bernstein

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