Mary’s Song of Praise “magnifying the Lord”

Also known as the ‘The Magnificat’ … from Luke 1:46-55 (ESV).  Mary spoke these words after baby John had leapt for joy in the womb of Elizabeth, Mary’s cousin, at the sound of Mary’s greeting.  Mary couldn’t have been but a few months pregnant at the time.  Read and consider …

“My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices IN God my Savior,

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.

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;

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.”

To me the first verse seems to indicate what Mary is doing while all the other verses seem to indicate why she is doing it.  Take a second look …

“My soul magnifies the Lord,

           and my spirit rejoices IN God my Savior.”

Magnify?  I’m afraid rather than magnifying the Lord, I spend most of my time looking through the wrong end of the telescope or microscope and instead end up minimizing the Lord in my life.

Let’s look at some definitions of the word magnify …

  • · To cause to be held in greater esteem or respect
  • · To increase in significance
  • · To enlarge in fact or appearance

Let’s face a truth right out of the gates … there is nothing … repeat nothing … we can do to make the Lord be bigger.  BUT there are all sorts of things we can do to minimize and/or magnify the Lord IN our personal lives … we can hold the Lord in greater esteem or respect … aka fear of the Lord, we can increase the significance of the Lord IN our lives in our surrender, submission and abiding, and He will enlarge His appearance IN our lives as we magnify Him.

As if magnifying the Lord was not enough, then Mary states ‘My spirit rejoices IN God my Savior.’

Lord, this Christmas and throughout the coming years, let Mary’s declaration become a reality IN my life.

“My soul magnifies the Lord,

           and my spirit rejoices IN God my Savior!”

This post is out of the Christmas archives – first published December 2012.

May you have both a blessed and merry Christmas!


About bwebbjr

A grandfather, father, husband, man, and a child of God who is following Christ Jesus and working out his salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work IN me, both to will and to work for His good pleasure (Philippians 2:12-13). I dodged my first bullet with cancer when a cancerous polyp was removed in a sigmoid colectomy surgery in August 2007. Four years later, in the midst of a second colectomy surgery we discovered I had Stage IV metastatic colon cancer. Rather than colectomy surgery I had colostomy surgery, which now means the colostomy bag is a part of my everyday life ... with the emphasis on life. God has given us a peace beyond understanding as my wife and I have traveled this journey. By the grace of God I am blessed to be a 6 plus year cancer survivor aka warrior. In writing, I am often wrestling with my own personal struggles and beliefs and in the midst God leads me to a lesson He wants me to learn ... or sometimes He simply touches me in the revelation of Himself. My hope is that the result you see here might touch your heart and glorify God. And let me be clear ... I am not the only one with something to say. Please join in the conversation sharing your faith, your cancer experiences, etc. I would love to hear from you. Bernie
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