In Luke 1:46 Mary proclaimed these words, “My soul doth magnify The Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my savior.”
The miracles that surround the birth of Jesus are many. Miracles of prophecy and provision. Miracles of mercy and meaning.
When Mary traveled to the hill country and announced to Elizabeth that she was carrying the messiah, Elizabeth’s own baby leaped within the womb. Elizabeth linked Mary’s visit to the movement of her own baby by acknowledging that her announcement validated the purpose of her own child (John the Baptist) being born. After all, if there was no Jesus, then there was no need for John the Baptist.
Upon witnessing the visible blessing of Elizabeth, Mary began to speak out the wonderful proclamation of praise that became known as the “Magnificat.” She declared “My soul doth magnify the Lord and my Spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior”.
Look carefully at her statement of praise and worship.
Mary’s Praise was Internal
Mary’s innermost being was rejoicing as she proclaimed ‘My Soul” doth magnify. This was not surface nor shallow praise nor was it merely an emotional outlay of exuberance.
Mary’s praise involved her will, her mind as well as her emotions. No one made her worship and it was never forced from her, but she willingly engaged her mind to meditate on God’s goodness until finally there erupted from within her spirit a shout of admiration that glorified her creator.
This was David’s kind of praise
when he said in Psalm 103:1
“Bless the Lord, Oh my soul and all that is within me, Bless His holy name.”
Secondly, Mary’s Praise was Intense
Her use of the word “magnify” is most significant. Mary had encountered a divine presence and had been changed by divine power. This encounter evoked her highest praise.
Edward Perronet, missionary to India experienced this level of praise when in 1779 he wrote…
“All hail the power of Jesus name,
Let Angels prostrate fall
Bring forth the royal diadem
and crown him Lord of all.
Finally, Mary’s Praise was Intentional
Her thoughts were entirely upon The Lord and she very was focused. She knew that no one else deserved this kind of praise. Be reminded at this Christmas Season that The Lord Jesus has no contemporary. None can compare to Him.
All the Glory belongs to him.
In Isaiah 42:8 God’s word declares “I
am The Lord. That is my name. I will not yield my glory to another or my praise to idols. ”
David said in Psalm 40:5 “Many, Lord my God are the wonders you have done, the things you planned for us. None can compare with you. Were I to speak and tell of your deeds they would be too many to declare.”
Though Christmas time is indeed special and our hearts are turned toward the babe in the manger, may we remember that He is worthy of our praise every season and every hour of every day…all year long.
Like Mary, may we also declare that our soul does magnify the Lord.