The song of Mary (otherwise known as the Magnificat)

Posted: December 14, 2014 in thought to ponder
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Magnifying can be done in two ways. It can make something small appear greater than it is, as in the case of a magnifying glass or microscope, or it can make something that seem small or insignificant, appear great as it really is, in the case of a telescope.

Christians are called not to be microscopes but telescopes. Be a telescope so that the world can see God. Thanksgiving is one way of magnifying God. The question is, what are we to thank God for? We look at the song of Mary (or the Magnificat) found in Luke 1:46-54.

#1 We thank God for His mercy.

for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.
For behold, from now on 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 for those who fear him
from generation to generation.
(Luke 1:48-50)

Mercy is defined as kindness or help given to people who are in desperate situation. However, mercy cannot be given to the proud, or those who are in a position so blind that they would say “I don’t need help”. Mercy is given to those who are humble. God is someone who gave help to us. He didn’t need to but He did anyway. He gave help to undeserving people like me…like us. He gave help in a desperate situation where in we cannot save ourselves. We could not be counted on to make things right because of our sins. He sent Christ as payment for our sins. So we can thank Him for His mercy.

#2 We thank God for His strength.

He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts;
he has brought down the mighty from their thrones
and exalted those of humble estate;
(Luke 1:51-52)

Check out the words again…scatter the proud, brought down the mighty. Our God is someone we should not be messing up with. What is something we can take proud of? He can snuff it out. He’s the guy who cares for the humble. He is someone who would fight for the bullied. We are to rely on God’s strength. The question is…how?

When we plan, we ADMIT we can’t do things without Him.
When we are about to make a decision, we PRAY to Him.
When things don’t go our way, we TRUST Him.
When we receive a promise from Him, we ACT on that promise, by faith.
When help comes, we THANK Him.

#3 We thank God for His provision.

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 offspring forever.”
(Luke 1:53-55)

God is our provider. He not only provide for our daily necessities such as food, water, air and everything that His sons and daughters need. He provided a way out of our mess in the form of Christ.

Here’s the thing, we can only enjoy Christmas is we know what to be grateful for. It’s like being invited in a party, unless we know who is celebrating the party, we really would not appreciate the festivity unless we have a relationship with the celebrant. In the same way, Christmas is just another holiday unless we come to a point of having a relationship with the celebrant, that is Christ.

Mary sang a song and magnified the Lord. We can sing a song too. We can magnify God by thanking Him for His Provision, His Mercy, His strength.


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