Mary’s Song of Praise is called the Magnificat, which is Latin for “My soul magnifies the Lord.”
Being the mother of Jesus was not going to be easy. This could become a burden. How does one keep it from being a burden and remember it is a blessing?
Praise – Support From Others
First, Mary goes is go visit Elizabeth. She visits a person who has an understanding what she is going through. She visits a person who has great love for the Lord.
42 Then she [Elizabeth] exclaimed with a loud cry: “You are the most blessed of women and your child will be blessed. 43 How could this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 45She who has believed is blessed because what was spoken to her by the Lord will be fulfilled.”
Elizabeth gives encouragement, hope and praise to Mary. She lifts Mary up. God gave Mary exactly what she needed.
Praise – Mary’s Response
When this encouragement happens what is Mary’s response? She responds with a song of praise.
46 And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord 47and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 48for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, 49for the Mighty One has done great things for me- holy is his name.
50His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation.” 56 Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned home.
Instead of seeing the battles she will face, she sees her Savior. I believe the words of Gabriel became real. Nothing is impossible for God.
Praise – Every Part of Us Should Praise
“My soul glorifies the Lord 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior…” “My soul” means,” that which gives us life.”
“My spirit” is the part of us that can live independently of the body. The spirit is the part that communes with God. Her life and her spirit rejoice.
Praise – God Knows Us
48″for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, 49for the Mighty One has done great things for me- holy is his name.”
God had not forgotten her. God was mindful of her. God was aware of her. God knew she existed. Mary mattered to God.
“for the Mighty One has done great things for me- holy is his name.”
Great things, not mediocre, not average, not small, but great things. He has included us in His will.
Humility is required to truly praise. It isn’t about us; it is about Him. When I want the outcome, it is about me. When I desire His outcome, it is about God.
Praise – Mercy: Is there a Better Reason?
“His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation.”
Mercy is defined as, “a divine quality by which God faithfully keeps his promises and maintains his covenant relationship with his chosen people despite their unworthiness and unfaithfulness.” (Tyndale Christian Dictionary)
He shows mercy. That is worthy of praise and rejoicing.
Were there times Mary felt too young? Were there times she was afraid? Were there moments she questioned her sanity? Sure, but then she held her little lamb…Mercy in the flesh…
Mary’s Song is one of the most amazing pieces we have…not just in the New Testament, but in all of history.
It found its creation in the heart of a humble servant who said, “God use me for your glory.”
And Mary said,
“My soul glorifies the Lord 47and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior…”
May we reach a place in our lives, not just at Christmas, but each day where this becomes our song…
Timeless Truths for us Today
1. Read God’s Word
2. A Place of Prayer
Spend time singing and praising God for who He is.
3. Life Application
Ask God to reveal His plan for your life.
Invite someone to the Christmas Eve Service.