Words from the Heart for Tuesday December 19th, 2017
And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed.”
Luke 1:46-48 (NRSV)
My Soul Magnifies the Lord
Mary’s song of praise to the Lord is filled with both humility and privilege. She realizes she is part of the Lord’s “big-picture plan” of redemption. She gives the Lord the glory for the powerful plan of sending the Saviour. The promise was made long ago but He has faithfully kept His word. Join Mary in praising the Lord.
The Royal Canadian Navy once had aircraft carriers. HMCS Magnificent was a Majestic-class light aircraft carrier that served the Royal Canadian Navy from 1948–1957. Initially ordered by the Royal Navy during the Second World War, the Royal Canadian Navy acquired the carrier as a larger replacement for its existing carrier. She was generally referred to as “the Maggie” in Canadian service. Following her return to the United Kingdom in 1956, the ship remained in reserve until being scrapped in 1965.
The word magnify comes from the same root word as the word magnificent. When something is magnificent it is praiseworthy – worth being magnified. It is no surprise that when Mary received word that she had been chosen to be the mother of the Messiah she speaks of magnifying the Lord. From Luke 1:45, “And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed.” These words have come to be known as The Magnificat, because Mary has received magnificent news and her heart pours forth praise. Mary’s words prove that the Lord chose wisely when choosing Mary to be Jesus’ mother. Instead of pride welling up inside her, praise did. Every young Jewish woman in her day longed to be the mother of the Messiah. Mary could have become proud that she had been chosen. But instead, Mary focused completely on the Lord and His will. When good things happen in our lives, we should respond the same way – not with pride but with praise.
These have been words from the heart.