Read Luke 1:46-55
The story of Mary and Elizabeth’s interaction in Luke 1 is quite possibly one of my favorite parts of the Christmas narrative. Right before Mary bursts out with this beautiful song, she comes to visit her cousin, Elizabeth, and John the Baptist literally leaps for joy within her womb when little fetal Jesus arrives on the scene within Mary’s womb. It is a moment of excitement for all four of them of what is to come: Yahweh, fulfilling his promise to draw near to His people and deliver them in a whole new way. And then in verse 45, which leads into Mary’s song, Elizabeth says of her, “And blessed is she who believed that what was spoken to her by the Lord would be fulfilled.”
And so it is with a 100% believing, enduring heart that Mary writes this song — an outpouring of joyful worship for what God has done in her life. After reading this passage, don’t you just want to pump your fist in the air and say, “Yes! This is the God I want to follow!”? She proclaims an attentive, mighty, holy, merciful, powerful, providing, fair, just, merciful, faithful and steadfast God. She also strikingly contrasts those who are God’s servants, of lowly position, hungry and fear God with those who are prideful, arrogant, mighty and rich. God is not only good to those who serve Him, but He is also just and wipes out those who don’t.
Of the several attributes and characteristics of God that Mary describes, is there a word or phrase she uses that describes how God is moving and active in your life today? How can you respond like Mary to praise God for what he is doing for you?
On the other hand, is there something in your life where you feel like you are waiting on God to move? How can Mary’s song give you hope to renew your trust in God that he will indeed show up and show mercy toward you personally?
Heavenly Father, we thank You for being a God who does great things for us. Thank You for being a God who actively moves and pays attention to us. You love us beyond what we could ever deserve, so I pray that we would be able to take a moment to soak in Your goodness and greatly praise You for who You are and what You’ve done for us. Please give us the hope and faith to press on to continue to serve You and do Your will. In Jesus’ name, amen!
Libby is a City Group Leader and My Village Ministries (MVM) Ministry Lead.