The Magnificat

I always come back to this passage every year about this time. What God did to and for Mary as a human being is worthy of reflection. It calls to my heart: “what is your stance, your view?” All ends in worship of the Magnificent!

This year I explored these thoughts from the Message. For context it helps to start in verse 25.

The Magnificat

Mary’s time has come! She will give birth to the Blessed One.  We celebrate Him now.

“Let it be according to your Word!” are her words in response.

The Magnificat was given us for many reasons but one of those is so we reflect on what it means to have the Savior she nurtured.  How is He moving in you?  Is He moving as He did in Mary’s soul? What is He saying to you?  Receive Him and be filled with His love and grace this moment. He is waiting to give you these things.

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Mary’s Song

Today I am meditating on Luke 1:26-55 and verses surrounding these. I don’t say much that applies specifically to women on this blog and primarily because I am a man. But, I have you know that Mary’s favor ratcheted up in my book in the last couple of years because of the way she worships as she receives the good news that she is the bearer of God’s blessing on the world.

I want to comment on how her song moved me.

After the angel approached and after some amount of pondering, Mary resolves her heart with: “let it be according to your word.” Many thoughts were flooding her mind but she trusts and knew that God was in this visit. She quickly moved to “I don’t comprehend but let it be.” I love her simplicity of devotion to God. We don’t know her background. She is young here and she simply trusts God.

“Let it be” equals “your will is my desire.” Isn’t that where our hearts should be? I need to be there daily, I want to be there.

Her position contrasts what we here so often in American culture: “whatever will be will be.” If we believe–that is not our position, no God’s way alone will be. Knowing and believing that He provides a way forward for those who rely on Him is the theology of the believer.

I want to focus on Mary’s heart and life for a moment, specifically the impact of her heart.

Her life

At this point in her life, Mary was not spiritually mature but this event in her young life shaped her and caused her to mature and especially because of her response to God in this moment.

Her family

She had godly influence on all of them. She impacted Christ’s brothers and sisters and extended family throughout her life.

Being a mother

She brought blessedness to motherhood and mothering. She raised the stature of motherhood and womanhood.

The kingdom

Her surrender to her God and circumstances of the moment changed the course of the Kingdom. Because of her willingness to surrender, there is a King. We enjoy the blessings, fellowship, love, grace, mercy, and so much more because of her surrender.

Thank you Father for your plan. Thank you for the story you are writing. Thank you for choosing Mary to be a part. Thank you for coming to dwell with us and using Mary as a model of surrender. “Let it be, according to Your Word.” Father, make this our daily mantra of surrender to You.

The Magnificat

Mary’s time has been fulfilled. She will give birth to the Blessed One.  We celebrate now.

“Let it be according to your Word!”

The Magnificat was given for many reasons but one of those might be to reflect on what it means to have the Savior she nurtured.  How is He moving in you?  Is He moving as He did in Mary? What is He saying to you today?  Receive Him and be fulfilled in His love and grace this moment. He is waiting to give you these and more.

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The Magnificat

Mary’s time has been fulfilled. She will give birth to the Blessed One.  That we celebrate now.

“Let it be according to your Word!”

The Magnificat was given for many reasons but one of those might be for us, His people, to reflect on what it means to us to have the Savior she nurtured for us.  How is He moving in you?  Is He moving as He did in Mary at this most delicate moment in her life?   What is He speaking to you today?  Receive Him and be fulfilled in His love and grace this moment. He is waiting to give you these and more.

The Magnificat

English Standard

46 And Mary said,

“My soul magnifies the Lord,

47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,

48 for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.

For behold, from now on 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 for those who fear him

from generation to generation.

51 He has shown strength with his arm;

he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts;

52 he has brought down the mighty from their thrones

and exalted those of humble estate;

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 offspring forever.”

New American Standard

46 And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,

47 And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.

48 For he hath looked upon the low estate of his handmaid: For behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.

49 For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; And holy is his name.

50 And his mercy is unto generations and generations On them that fear him.

51 He hath showed strength with his arm; He hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their heart.

52 He hath put down princes from their thrones, And hath exalted them of low degree.

53 The hungry he hath filled with good things; And the rich he hath sent empty away.

54 He hath given help to Israel his servant, That he might remember mercy

55 (As he spake unto our fathers) Toward Abraham and his seed for ever.

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Mary’s Song

Today I am meditating on Luke 1:26-55 and verses surrounding these. I don’t say much that applies specifically to women on this blog and primarily because I am a man. But, I have you know that Mary’s favor ratcheted up in my book in the last couple of years because of the way she worships as she receives the good news that she is the bearer of God’s blessing on the world.

I want to comment on how her song moved me. Continue reading