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Scripture“And Mary said, ‘My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked upon the humble estate of his servant. For behold, for now on all generations will call me blessed…’” Luke 1:46-48 (ESV)
I love the first chapter of Luke because we learn so much about the character of Mary, the mother of Jesus. When the angel Gabriel first appears to Mary to inform her of God’s plan for her, he states that “nothing is impossible with God” (Luke 1:47). We know that Mary wholeheartedly believed Gabriel’s statement because later in the chapter, Elizabeth blesses Mary saying “blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord” (Luke 1:45).
Though Mary was young, she responded faithfully, fully believing the word of the Lord, even though what was to happen to her was beyond human reason. Not only that, but she did not allow herself to be consumed with doubts and fears of the challenges to come (being thought of as an adulteress, the responsibility of raising Jesus, etc.). Instead, Mary is filled with gratitude and awe. This is clear in the praise Mary sings to the Lord which is written down in Luke 1:46-55. Through this prayer we see Mary chooses to dwell on the goodness of God. She decides to wholeheartedly believe his promises, which fills her with gratitude for God’s plan of salvation and her opportunity to play a role in saving mankind.
Although none of us are physically giving birth to Jesus, we get the opportunity every day to play a role in saving mankind and spreading the message of Christ to the world. We can find joy in this when we choose to meditate on, fully believe, and thank God for his promises and the role he has chosen for us.
Today, read through Mary’s song and see how she chose to extol God and praise him for the opportunity he gave her. Pray your own song to God, focusing on some of your favorite promises he has for you. For me, scriptures like 2 Corinthians 5:21 that states, “For we are the righteousness of God” and 1 Corinthians 15:50-57 which describes our resurrection are a part of my song to God. Praying through these promises deepens my belief in them, allows me to praise God, and fills me with gratitude for who I am in Christ. Do the same today and be filled with the same overflowing peace and joy that Mary had despite any doubts, fears, or challenges that may face you.