Advent – Faith – He Who is Mighty Has Done Great Things

12 Dec

Luke 1:46-55 (ESV)

And Mary said, “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 he has sent empty away.  He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his offspring forever.” 

How refreshing it must have been for Mary to go visit Elizabeth and for her to immediately know what was going on.  Mary had no doubt suffered under the hatred of people who assumed the worst, not unlike in our own day when people show hatred when they should give compassion.

But Mary was counting these trials all joy.  With renewed faith in the goodness and excellence of God, she magnified him from the very depths of her soul.  What was she specifically rejoicing in?  That he had “looked on the humble estate of his servant.”  He had counted her worthy to be blessed by all generations. 

Then she went into an all-out praisefest.  She rattled off all of her favorite things about God; she could do that because she was intimately familiar with them.  She knew that God, who is mighty, had done great things.  He had shown mercy and strength.  He had made a promise to bless Abraham, his offspring, and the entire world through them.  In faith, she was confident that he would continue to keep his promises because of his track record.  Holy is his name.

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