Mary’s joy compelled her to lift her voice in praise. The Holy Spirit and Word of God in my life should lead me to joyful praise. Mary’s desire was to magnify the Lord not herself. She used “He has” eight times as she explained what God has done for three recipients of His blessing.
- What God did for Mary [vv.46-49] Her blessing began with her salvation, then for her humble state in life and yet all generations would count her blessed. Because she believed God and yielded to His will, He performed a miracle in her life and used her to bring the Savior into the world.
- What God did for us [vv.50-53] His mercy is available in all the generations to those who believe He is the Son of God who died for sins and arose on the third day. He is merciful: to the helpless [v.51], the humble [v.52], and the hungry. [v.53]
- What God did for Israel [vv.54-55] She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins. [Matthew 1:21]
Luke 1:39-56.. 46 And Mary said:
“My soul exalts the Lord,
47 And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.
48 “For He has had regard for the humble state of His bondslave;
For behold, from this time on all generations will count me blessed.
49 “For the Mighty One has done great things for me;
And holy is His name.
50 “And His mercy is upon generation after generation
Toward those who fear Him.
51 “He has done mighty deeds with His arm;
He has scattered those who were proud in the thoughts of their heart.
52 “He has brought down rulers from their thrones,
And has exalted those who were humble.
53 “He has filled the hungry with good things;
And sent away the rich empty-handed.
54 “He has given help to Israel His servant,
In remembrance of His mercy,
55 As He spoke to our fathers,
To Abraham and his descendants forever.”
O God help me to be filled with inexpressible joy for your blessings for me.
Henry Luke 12/23/2017
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