“My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me—holy is his name. His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation. He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts. He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble. He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful to Abraham and his descendants forever, just as he promised our ancestors.” Luke 1:46 – 55
This scripture is known as “The Magnificat: Mary’s Song of Praise”. What beautiful words Mary uses to give glory to her God and King. It is a scripture that should be revisited, not just at Christmas (as we think about the birth of Jesus Christ), but throughout the year. There are many things for which we can give God the glory and honor due Him.
As we sing praises to God, He doesn’t expect all of us to have perfect pitch. He wants to hear a joyful noise, coming from the heart. When I praise my Lord and King, I am simply lifting my voice to thank Him, to praise Him, to glorify Him. Sometimes I sing with a tape or CD, sometimes I play guitar, sometimes I sing acapella. But, when I do sing, I am singing from the depth of my heart, from the depth of my love for the One who made us all.
I envision Mary also singing from the depth of her heart as she sang these words to Elizabeth – praising and glorifying God. He had already blessed her with much, and now she would be the mother of His Son, who came to earth to teach us, to guide us, to rescue us, to become our salvation. How awesome is that! And, even though things were not as she had planned, she followed and thanked God first and foremost for what He was going to do. What an example she is for all of us.
Let us all remember to thank and praise God first and foremost – for His love, for His guidance, for what He is asking each of us to do for Him.
Dear Father in Heaven, please continue to show us Your way. Have patience with us, lead us, help us to follow You each and every day. And, Lord, please continue to remind us to sing praises to You . Amen.
Pam Wig, Advent Book Coordinator
What line of praise would you add to Mary’s song? Leave a comment to share your thoughts!