“...My Soul glorifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful… the Mighty One has done great things for me… His mercy extends from generation to generation… just as he promised our ancestors.”
Today's Reading: Luke 1:46-56 (NIV)
You know those songs that just resonate deeply within your soul when you listen to them? It is like the lyrics, regardless of what season of life or situation you are in, have a way of encouraging and providing you with a higher perspective of God, yourself, and others. I imagine that is how Elizabeth felt hearing Mary sing this hymn known as the “Magnificat” meaning “to glorify.”
And could you imagine being in Mary’s position?! Responding to God, who was not only coming through on His promises but also inviting her to play a significant part in seeing His goodness and mercy come to the nations in and through this child who “will be called the Son of God” (Luke 1:35 NIV
). This announcement at the incarnation of God in Jesus evokes a posture of worship and praise from Mary as she and her dear friend Elizabeth begin to comprehend and understand the good news that Jesus always brings into this world.
Her response through song is so fitting:
“My Soul glorifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful… the Mighty One has done great things for me… His mercy extends from generation to generation… just as he promised our ancestors.” (Luke 1:46b-55 NIV
Talk about lyrics that help get our heart and mind stirred up with affections for our good and faithful promise-keeping God in this season! Notice Mary’s hope of salvation rested in God and His promises. Her hope was not in her own ability to make herself acceptable to God or others. She rejoices in this truth that “God is my Savior.”
I don’t know about you, but I hope to enter this Advent season in that posture of worship, gratitude, and praise… To fix my eyes on Jesus and join in with Mary’s response to the good news of God taking on flesh and bringing His Kingdom to this world in and through the person and work of Christ.
So, let’s take a moment, slow down, breathe for a second…
Take some time to abide with Jesus and read each line of Mary’s song slowly.
After reading, take a moment to recall where God has been faithful in your life up to this moment.
Then glorify, thank, and exalt God for His mercy, salvation, and faithfulness. God’s past faithfulness gives hope for the future. The advent of Christ gives us strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow.