The Magnificat (Mary’s Song)
Black ~ Mary’s words
Blue ~ My words
“My soul magnifies the Lord,
47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
Oh God, help my soul to magnify you. To make much of you. My soul. God you are my Savior. May our spirits–the very seat of who we are, rejoice in you as our Savior.
48 for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
You looked upon sweet, humble Mary–what did you see in her God? What was present in her soul that caused you to choose this young maiden to be the mother of God? How she must have been frightened, yet she trusted you in a way that I don’t think I could. She knew something great-something beyond her-was occurring. And here we are, generations later, calling her blessed. Blessed to hold the tiny newborn King, the Son of God, dependent on her for life, when later she would be dependent on Him for salvation.
49 for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name.
You are mighty God. You did great things for Mary, and you have done great things for us. Holy is your name, above all other names. I don’t think we take the time to really consider that you are Holy–relational, yes; but above all Holy and to be revered with awe, wonder and worship.
50 And his mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation.
They were looking for a “Savior” who would overthrow Rome. They didn’t know that their real need was for a Savior who would forgive the sins of all of the world, from generation to generation. Even to today. Even to this very night. Mary saw this; she saw this and she knew that His great mercy was for all who feared Him. Do we fear Him today? Or do we “use” him today in our traditions and rituals, without honoring Him for who He is?
51 He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts;
God is strength. We see it throughout the Old Testament. We see it throughout the New Testament. He is strength and He is OUR strength. Oh, my pride–may He scatter it from my heart, for my pride is a sin that incorporates a multitude of sins.
52 he has brought down the mighty from their thrones and exalted those of humble estate;
Jesus came to shake up the world order. What is mighty has been humbled, and what is humbled will be exalted. We can not take this too lightly. I fear we do not truly understand this principle, nor how can we when our own hearts are full of such pride?
53 he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has filled the hungry with the good things. Food? Yes, but oh, so much more than that. The good things of joy, of peace, of song and laughter, of knowing Jesus as Lord and Savior. Can the rich understand these things? The simple pleasures of real joy?
54 He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, 55 as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his offspring forever.”
God remembered Israel. He remembered Israel. This remembrance came out of his great mercy for them. Oh, how great is his grace and mercy. What was spoken to the fathers–Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and their offsprings, was never forgotten. Prophecy was fulfilled in the form of this tiny baby that Mary held in her womb.
The Son of God
But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.
Oh, God, help me to be like Mary. Help me to treasure up all these things—the fact that your great mercy and grace is the vehicle for our salvation and forgiveness of my grievous sins. The fact that you came to earth to be clothed in flesh and to live among us, knowing that you would die for our sins so that we could live with you eternally. God, at Christmas time, as we worship the newborn King, help us each to treasure up all these things.
God help me to ponder them in my heart; in my soul; in my very being.