Mary’s Great Praise

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Luke 1:

46 And Mary said:

“My soul magnifies the Lord,

47    And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.

48    For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant;

For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed.

49    For He who is mighty has done great things for me,

And holy is His name.

50    And His mercy is on those who fear Him

From generation to generation.

51    He has shown strength with His arm;

He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

52    He has put down the mighty from their thrones,

And exalted the lowly.

53    He has filled the hungry with good things,

And the rich He has sent away empty.

54    He has helped His servant Israel,

In remembrance of His mercy,

55    As He spoke to our fathers,

To Abraham and to his seed forever.”

Take some time today to enjoy the song of Mary after she knew she had been made pregnant by the Holy Spirit. Of all people in her life, I would suppose that she was the only one without any doubts whatsoever. Yes, Joseph believed the angel, but his first thought was to put her away for being unfaithful to him. Later, Jesus was accused of being born of fornication which accusation put Mary in a very bad light. We can assume that Mary would know throughout her life that her first pregnancy was going to raise questions and eyebrows, but Mary knew the wonderful truth.

In this her song, Mary lifts up the name of the Lord and rejoiced in God her Savior. God did great things for her and His name was holy. From beginning to end, Mary speaks continued praise to her God. Mary knew that a miracle, a one-of-a-kind miracle had taken place within her womb and she just had to lift up the name of the God whose miracle she was carrying. Notice how she identifies with the lowly, with those who fear Him, the hungry who are filled with good things, and with the servant whom the Lord helped in His mercy.

Mary is well aware that the Lord shows strength with His arm, the Lord scatters the proud, He puts down the mighty, and He sends the rich away empty. Mary was among the poor of this world, yet God had uniquely smiled upon her in remembrance of His mercy. God was fulfilling His promise of a Messiah and Mary was the vessel God was using. While none of this made sense, Mary greatly rejoices in her God-given position, as the mother of God’s Son.

We thank God for Mary, a young faithful woman of Israel, whom God chose to carry the Lord Jesus and bring into this world. Not much more is said about Mary, but she knew that God had done something wonderful in her. We know when God has saved us, we know when the Holy Spirit of God dwells within us, and we too should sing songs of praise that God has mercifully chosen us. Let us join Mary in praising our God and Savior for His wonderful works in us.

 

Thank you for your prayers on Monday, the opportunity to preach Christ at a company Christmas party was wonderful. I am thankful to Rikardo for putting this all together and to the company who allowed it and supported it. We now pray for the fruit of salvation to come from the seed sown.

Take opportunities this next week to speak openly of the Christ of Christmas. People might be a bit more willing to speak of the Savior during this season of the year.

Have a great day in the Lord,

PS

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