Reflecting on God’s Word …

Magnificat (Mary’s Song) Part 2

Luke 1:46-55 NLT

[46] Mary responded, “Oh, how my soul praises the Lord.

[47] How my spirit rejoices in God my Savior!

[48] For he took notice of his lowly servant girl, and from now on all generations will call me blessed.

[49] For the Mighty One is holy, and he has done great things for me.

[50] He shows mercy from generation to generation to all who fear him.

[51] His mighty arm has done tremendous things! He has scattered the proud and haughty ones.

[52] He has brought down princes from their thrones and exalted the humble.

[53] He has filled the hungry with good things and sent the rich away with empty hands.

[54] He has helped his servant Israel and remembered to be merciful.

[55] For he made this promise to our ancestors, to Abraham and his children forever.”

Reflection

This passage in Luke’s gospel is known as Mary’s Song or known traditionally as the Magnificat. It’s an important part of the Christmas story and is often only briefly considered by many of us during the Advent season. Today, our second look at this passage, let’s consider God’s greatness!

The Lord has done great things . . .

  • Shown mercy to those who fear Him
  • His mighty arm has scattered the proud and arrogant
  • He brought down rulers
  • He exalts the humble
  • He feeds the hungry
  • He sends the rich away empty
  • He has been merciful to His people
  • He has kept His promises

Mary is a wonderful example to us of one whose praise and worship of the Lord is focused on the Lord, not on herself and on the things she has done or wants or desires. Her focus is completely on the Lord, what He has done, the things He desires to accomplish. Let’s take some time to review the list above and spend several moments reflecting on what God wants to do through us as His servants, His chosen people.

The more we truly praise and worship the Lord with our focus completely on Him, the more we learn to humble ourselves before Him and want what He desires for us!