Magnificat (Hymn of Praise)

Luke 1:46-56

My soul magnifies the Lord:  “1 Bless the LORD, O my soul and all that is within me bless His Holy Name! 2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits”  ( He forgives, heals, and redeems)

He crowns you with steadfast love and mercy … abounding in steadfast love.

Mary shows great gratitude to God for knowing how blessed she is.  She is so blessed because of the blessedness of the One in her womb.  She is in awe, amazed that Holy God would use her — such low estate, common, no genealogy & of no significance in Israel.  Why does God use her?  Maybe:  “Man looks at the outward appearance but God sees the heart.” God sees and know what man cannot see and know.

So Mary magnified her God because of the mystery involved in His choosing and using her. Second, He has and is showing great mercy to those who revere and bow hearts before Him. A great and awesome promise is exposed here:  He does this through many generations, both in the past and for those to come who also revere Him and His order.

Mary sees that God does what God ordains because He alone has the power and strength to do so (“shows strength with His Arm”)  She expands: He has brought down mighty men off their thrones and exalted the humble such as she.  Mary must be in awe, certainly deeply grateful.  She alludes to the great thread of redemption history started by the call of Abraham, his obedience to the call of God.  Then, followed by mighty men: the Prophets, Priests and Kings.  Men made mighty by God’s anointing on them.  Maybe Mary senses a type of anointing on herself.  But that would seem so foreign for she is woman.  She is humbled by her experience and that is why God chose her.  He knew she would respond as she did.  In humility, in wonder, in awe. in reverence, in confession and by presenting herself a living sacrifice to serve her God in whatever way He chose.

What an example!  What a model to follow!  Bless the Lord O my soul and never, ever forget His benefits: mercy grace, steadfast love and faithfulness, goodness, kindness, gentleness– all of these towards you & me!

Related:

Mary’s Song

The Magnificat The Word 2016

The Magnificat Music 2016

The Magnificat 2015

The Magnificat 2014

The Magnificat 2013

The Magnificat 2012

The Magnificat 2011

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