Devotional Thought of the Day:
46 And Mary said: My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour; 48 because he has looked upon the humiliation of his servant. Yes, from now onwards all generations will call me blessed, 49 for the Almighty has done great things for me. Holy is his name, 50 and his faithful love extends age after age to those who fear him. 51 He has used the power of his arm, he has routed the arrogant of heart. 52 He has pulled down princes from their thrones and raised high the lowly. 53 He has filled the starving with good things, sent the rich away empty. 54 He has come to the help of Israel his servant, mindful of his faithful love 55 —according to the promise he made to our ancestors— of his mercy to Abraham and to his descendants for ever. Luke 1:46-56 (NJB)
When faith takes hold of Christ, the mediator, the heart is at peace and begins to love God and to keep the law. It knows that now it is pleasing to God for the sake of Christ, the mediator, even though its incipient keeping of the law is impure and far from perfect.
It is called by many in the church, The Magnificat this song by a teenage girl who was pregnant before she was married. Her name was Miriam, or as we know her, Mary. Back then, being pregnant would be a serious offense. Cut off from her family, mocked and scorned by all, sent away from her family to a distant relative. We need to remember what she faced, as we hear her song.
For her song is one we need to hear, it is one that the world needs to hear. When life is broken, when life seems unfair, when we can’t really understand all that God is doing, we need to hear this song!
Go back and read these words again, hear the voice that is broken, yet whole because the Lord is with her. Note as well that this song isn’t just about God providing for her, but it includes God providing for those who He raises, who He saves, who He feeds, and helps.
This song isn’t about a personal relationship with God, it is about God caring for all His people, as He has promised those who came way before Mary. In the translation I used, not all the italics, those are the words woven in that were the words of others, words of prophets and leaders, words that were interwoven as good, no better than any preacher or theologian could ever do.
This song is about God’s faithful love, His faithful love for Mary, and for us.
And it has an effect on us, an effect that is described in the other quote, the one from the Lutheran Confessions. When we start to perceive Christ’s faithful love, when know He’s got a hold of us, and is saving us, things change. The peace of Christ envelops us, just as it did Mary. We learn to love God (and therefore love those He has created) Our souls can’t help proclaiming the greatness of our Lord…for we see His mercy… and His love!
So sing with Mary, sing your heart out, for God has come to you, to help. because He loves you and is faithful. AMEN!
Tappert, Theodore G., ed. The Book of Concord the Confessions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. Philadelphia: Mühlenberg Press, 1959. Print. Apology of the Augsburg Confession: Article IV