Mary’s Song of Praise

My mother’s heart is full this morning after my daughter’s wedding this weekend (there are a few pics on my page).

This morning, I thought about another mother’s heart.


Mary, the teenage mother of Jesus. She came from such humble means.

The poor pregnant virgin, had heard the words of the angel, and responded with amazing peace and faith saying, “Let it be to me according to your Word.” (Luke 1:38).

The unlikely girl, chosen by God to be the mother of His Son, the prophesied Messiah, would face shame and persecution.

Yet, God’s Word was her song.

It was literally her song!

In that famous encounter with an also pregnant Elizabeth (the babe in her womb leaping at the presence of the Savior in Mary’s womb), Mary began to sing the words forever recorded in Scripture and known as “The Magnificat”.(the Latin word for Magnificent).

But Mary’s song wasn’t composed of just any words.

In “The First Songs of Christmas”, Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth points out Mary’s words included as many as fifteen Old Testament quotes and allusions.

Unlike us, Mary didn’t have the Bible on her phone or five different versions laying around her house.

Mary had learned those Holy Words as those around her spoke God’s Word, reciting it over and over, and passing it on from one generation to the next.

Mary remembered those precious, Holy words she had been taught since childhood.

The very words of God, she had diligently learned as a child, came together and rolled off her tongue to become her magnificent song.

Forevermore, the girl who sang the words of God is called, “blessed” (Luke 1:48).

And what is true for Mary is also true for us, those who study God’s Word, are most certainly, magnificently blessed as well.

For, at just the right moment, God will bring His Words to our minds—to comfort, to direct, to remind us of His power and His hope.

Those of us who, today, have the powerful, living words of God so readily available at our fingertips should never let it collect dust and never take it for granted.

We, who have children, or know children, should take seriously our responsibility to teach them daily of its’ truths.

Because, as for Mary, as for us, as for our children, God will powerfully use His Word in our lives at just the right moments.

As we gave our daughter away to be married, I remembered that God will use His Words for us (to comfort my heart that’s still a little sad that she grew up so fast); but He also use His Word for those we love when we are no longer there to remind them of the hope that is the Word of God.

Oh friend, may God’s Word truly be our song and may we diligently teach it to the next generation.

The Magnificat

My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.
For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for he who is mighty has done great things for me,and holy is his name. And his mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation.
He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts; he has brought down the mighty from their thrones and exalted those of humble estate; he has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his offspring forever.” (Luke 1:46-56)


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