And Mary said:
“My soul magnifies the Lord,
And my spirit has rejoiced in God, my Savior.
For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant;
For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed.
For He who is mighty has done great things for me,
And holy is his name.”
Luke 1:46-49 (NIV)
If you want to meditate on a beautiful Christmas Scripture, Luke Chapter One is deeply moving.
Perhaps today you can quiet your heart and sit in solitude and think of these events as they unfold in Luke One. Luke Two continues the beautiful Christmas story. Let us take the time to let these truths penetrate our souls.
Within Chapter One of Luke, we have the profoundly moving Song of Mary and as well the equally poignant Song of Zechariah.
Both Songs glorify the Lord and rejoice in God for coming to His people and redeeming them from sin. He has brought salvation for people through the promised birth of our precious Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Doesn’t it make your spirit soar when you read these words? Our souls rejoice with Mary and Zechariah as we, too, ponder the magnificent things God has done in His redeeming grace!
The promised Saviour has come to the earth to save us from our sins. This is what Christmas is all about! Let us sit quietly and ponder these things, as the world scurries to find something that is missing.
Our Lord has done great things for Mary, and through her He has done great things for us! Aren’t you so grateful for this that your heart fills to the brim?
Won’t you say along with Mary?: “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour, for the Mighty One has done great things for me—holy is his name.”
We can sing along with Mary, grateful for our salvation in Jesus Christ, the one God sent to the earth to bring His saving grace to us! Immanuel, God with us…the Christ Child, Saviour of our souls!
And we can praise the Lord, the God of Israel, along with Zechariah, because he has come to his people and redeemed them! He has raised up a horn of salvation for us! To show mercy, and to rescue us from the hand of our enemies, and to enable us to serve him without fear! We live in holiness and righteousness all our days because of Christ’s birth and blood given as a free gift, no strings attached, to us sinners!
As we begin this day, and go through this day, and then another, and another, let us thank God for His tender mercy for sending Jesus to bring light to those living in darkness (all of us!) and in the shadow of death! He guides our feet into the path of peace, the words of the song of Zechariah.
Both Jesus and John the Baptist grew and became strong in Spirit, as they lived on earth.
Through Christ, we can do the same! God does not limit us in growing for His glory, but only we limit God ourselves!
Let us sing these words with Mary: “Magnificant anima mea Dominum.”
“My soul magnifies the Lord, And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Saviour,
For He who is Mighty has done great things for me—And holy is His name.”
*The Song of Mary Luke 1:46-55.