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26 The Magnificat, Mary’s Message of Praise Part 1

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Luke 1:46-55

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.”

Mary’s song of praise is known as the ‘Magnificat’, because in the Latin translation, the first word is ‘magnificent’, which means ‘praise’ or ‘magnify’. It is the stirring of her soul as she contemplates why God would use a seeming nobody like her to bring His salvation to a world of lost sinners. It is the pure praise that flows without rehearsal or forethought from a heart of worship. Revealing her response to the revelation that she is the one appointed to bear and bring forth the long-awaited and promised Messiah. How much she really understood of her son’s ultimate mission to the world in this initial announcement we don’t fully know. What we do know is that her song reveals simple humble adoration, amazement of what God was doing in her life through the child which she carried. Mary’s song is a soul exploding with joy, wonder, and awe at the Almighty. What I love is that her first response to the message of the angelic being was worship and in this song she reminds us that God is:

  • The MESSIAH (v47)

The keyword in Mary’s song is savior, it is the first thing she sang about, words of praise to God for His salvation. A messiah is a savior or liberator of people, Mary understood that Jesus was her spiritual Savior “my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.” Salvation is precious because:

  1. It was Planned out even before the beginning of the world to rescue and redeem a fallen, rebellious, and helpless race from eternal destruction. Ephesians 1:4 – “For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.”
  2. It was Purchased with a Price, the very blood of the Son of God 1 Peter 1:18-19 – For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.
  3. It was Personal, Mary said: “my spirit rejoices in God my Savior”

God planned for your salvation He even paid for your salvation but is it personal? Have you accepted Jesus as your personal Savior? How significant is the gift of Salvation? Do you remember in Luke 10:17-24 when the disciples were sent out by Jesus and then came back ecstatic about being able to perform miracles? Do you remember how Jesus responded to their enthusiasm? He said that’s good, but there is something greater to get excited about, “Rejoice that your names are written in heaven” Redemption is our greatest cause to rejoice, to worship because of the unmerited, undeserved saving provision He has made in, by and through Jesus Christ. Today will you praise Him for the provision?

  • MINDFUL of His people. (v 48)

It’s easy to feel lost and alone in this life, like we don’t even matter, yet the message of the Christmas story is that God is mindful of His people. Mary’s song reflects the pure grandeur of the meaning of the coming of the Christ, her soul rejoices because God had been mindful of her humble state. We too are invited to rejoice because, like Mary, God has not forgotten us in our humble state. Instead of being ignored God stooped low into the mire of our sin soaked world to rescue us. Mary recognized that she had been touched by the graciousness of God, that He cared and she was not alone. Being wanted is a basic human desire and in Psalm 8:4 David asks the question “what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?” When David considered the wonders of God’s creation he was amazed that God was mindful of us and wanted us. Today if you are feeling forgotten and unwanted I want to remind you that God is mindful of you:

You are His workmanship and you are wonderfully made Psalm 139:13-14 …For you created my inmost being…. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

You are deeply loved Jeremiah31:3 The LORD…says: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness.”

You are chosen and wanted Isaiah 41:9 “…I have chosen you and have not rejected you.”

You are precious in God’s sight Isaiah 43:4 … you are precious and honored in my sight, and …I love you

You are the ‘apple’ of God’s eye Zechariah 2:8 …This is what the LORD Almighty says…whoever touches you touches the apple of his eye

You are God’s delight Psalm 150:4 The LORD takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with salvation.

God is with you and you are His joy Zephaniah 3:17 The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love.

Because God is mindful we are not forgotten and our song is not one of sorrow and sadness but security knowing that He cares for us.

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