Mary’s Hymn of Praise
And Mary said, “My soul exalts the Lord, and my spirit has begun to rejoice in God my Savior, because he has looked upon the humble state of his servant.
For from now on all generations will call me blessed, because he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name; from generation to generation he is merciful to those who fear him.
He has demonstrated power with his arm; he has scattered those whose pride wells up from the sheer arrogance of their hearts.
He has brought down the mighty from their thrones, and has lifted up those of lowly position; he has filled the hungry with good things, and has sent the rich away empty.
He has helped his servant Israel, remembering his mercy, as he promised to our ancestors, to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”Luke 1:46-55
This was Mary’s response of praise once the shock had subsided and she had bonded with her aunt (‘sister in Christ’). Pure, joyful praise!
- Her praise isn’t watered down with concerns about her personal needs or reputation.
- Her praise is free from question or doubt.
- Her praise is a pure reflection of a servant filled with joy to do the will of God.
Putting ourselves in Mary’s shoes, imagine her fear of the unknown and acknowledging the ridicule society would throw her way with gossiping rumors of their perception of what ‘really’ is happening here.
Now consider how we respond when God calls us to do His will in ways that don’t align with our plans or understanding.
Mary’s hymn of praise reminds us that the response God desires is pure praise. Humble, soul submitting praise that has no implied conditions or ties to an expectation of self-gratifying results.
Blinders on, eyes focused only on Him and the purpose of His plan for His kingdom.
Mary is excited to be serving God, even in a precarious position that could harm her ‘reputation’ in the world. It could bring hardship in her future and she is definitely not being ‘paid’ to do this.
God asks us (desires for us) to respond to His calling with a resounding, joyful – YES! True JOY that comes from a pure motivation to glorify God – even at the cost of our own popularity, wealth, comfort, or fame.
For His Glory
This lesson from Mary provides us an opportunity to sit at the table with God and ask Him give us a pure view of His will and a response that glorifies His name.
- How is God asking you to serve Him?
- Do you have your blinders on to see only that which is His calling?
- Are you focused on seeing the purpose of your life for the plan of His kingdom?
- What thoughts want to creep in and distract us from being focused on His will:
- Concern about possible ridicule from the world’s perspective?
- Fear of how we will live?
- Concern for income over trust in His provisions?
Lord God, creator of all, Master of all plans, lover of my soul. I rejoice in the salvation provided by the sacrifice of your Son.
I rejoice in the mercy you showed to us all at the cross.
I rejoice in the grace You pour out on each of us.
Without your perfect plan of salvation, I would fall short and never have the joy of sitting at Your feet for comfort, guidance, wisdom and protection. I would not know the joy of such intimate fellowship with You.
Give me eyes today that are focused on Your will, Your plan and Your desires. Give me a heart that desires nothing more than to submit for the glory of Your plan. Protect my heart from fears, doubt and concerns of what the world may think.
I submit my all to You Lord. For Your glory. In the precious name of Your Son I humbly pray. Amen.