46 And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 48 for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, 49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me— holy is his name. 50 His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation. 51 He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts. 52 He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble. 53 He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty. 54 He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful 55 to Abraham and his descendants forever, just as he promised our ancestors.” 56 Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned home.
This song by Mary is commonly known as ‘The Magnificat’. It is commonly sung in traditional carols services at Christmas, I recall singing it many times growing up in the church choir I was part of. It is a soaring song of praise of God. We do well to read it slowly and let its powerful themes lead us to God. Themes like – God notices all not based on prestige or human accolade; God’s mercy is shown to those who revere Him; God does mighty things; God opposes the proud.
As you take the time now to praise God using this song of praise let your heart thrill at your Father in heaven.
Father, hear our praises to You and as we lift our hearts to you based on Mary’s song!
Written by Ps. Richard Botta