Mary’s Song of Thanksgiving
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 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.” And Mary remained with her about three months and returned to her home.
Luke 1:46 – 56
Today we are going to learn how we can celebrate Jesus’ second coming by watching Mary’s celebration of thanksgiving.
As Mary considered Jesus’ first coming, she broke into a thanksgiving song: My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.
The word magnify can be used in two different ways. It can describe the act of making something small appear to be larger than it is, as in the way a microscope works. Or it can describe the act of making something that seems small appear more as it really is, as in the way a telescope works.
We can never make God bigger than he is. We can never fully capture his infinite wisdom. His thoughts will always be higher and his plans will always be greater than our own.
When Mary magnifies the Lord, she is not inflating the truth, padding the stat sheet, or manipulating people with a good thanksgiving song to think that God is more gracious than he is. Instead, she is scratching the surface. She is giving us a thimble of the ocean of God’s goodness and grace. But like the Hubble Telescope, the images she captures are breathtaking. They leave us wondering, “What must this God be like who looked on Mary’s humble estate? How great is the greatness of her God?”
Part of the annual celebration of Advent is an invitation to magnify God for what he has done by thanking him for his presence and provision in your life this past year. So today as an act of intentional celebration, think of the great things God has done for you and thank him for his goodness and grace.