“And Mary said: ‘My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior… For He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name.” Luke 1:46-47; 49 (NKJV)
The second song of Christmas is called The Magnificat. It’s Mary’s song of trust. It reveals her response when she was told she would give birth to the Son of God. You can read it in Luke 1:46-55.
“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. And His mercy is on those who fear Him From generation to generation. He has shown strength with His arm; He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. He has put down the mighty from their thrones, And exalted the lowly. 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 seed forever.’”
Her response to such an unbelievable story that she would give birth to the Son of God is found in verse 38. It reveals her heart of faith.
“‘I am the Lord’s servant,’ Mary answered. ‘May it be to me as you have said.’ Then the angel left her.”
This is even more remarkable when you consider that she was just a young, unmarried virgin girl in a Jewish culture that would have shunned her, if not stoned her, for being pregnant out of wedlock. Mary’s song shows us that we can move from fear to faith and from anxiety to adoration when we simply put our trust in God. When we praise Him regardless of the circumstances, we can experience immeasurably more than we ever thought possible!
When I think of Mary’s willingness to be available to God despite the social implications and her faith to believe God despite the impossibilities of it all, I’m reminded of 2 Chronicles 16:9. It’s a promise to all of us! It says,
“For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him.”
I believe, as God’s eyes scanned the globe, He saw in Mary a heart that was fully committed to Him. Little wonder that her acceptance of God’s plan and availability for God’s purposes turned to praise as she sang,
“My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior… For He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name.”
What about you? Does your soul magnify the Lord? Do you rejoice in God your Savior? As God’s eyes scan the globe today, will He find in you a committed heart that is available for His purpose? It’s the greatest gift you can give Him this Christmas! When you are restfully available and instantly obedient, you can sing the song of Mary. It’s a song of complete trust!