“And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me — holy is his name. His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation. He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts. He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble. He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful to Abraham and his descendants forever, just as he promised our ancestors.”
Luke 1: 46-55 (NIV)
In this first chapter of Luke, both Mary and later Zachariah sing songs of praise. I find it interesting Luke records the songs of Mary and Zachariah, both of whom met and spoke with the angel Gabriel. The point of this is simple. Those who have stood in the presence of the Lord and who have believed cannot help but praise God and give Him glory. They come away with awe, wonder, and rejoicing at His goodness, His might, and His power.
Praise God, Jesus has paid the penalties for our sin. Because of His death on the cross, our relationship with God is restored. We can now spend an eternity with God, praising His Name. We can sit at His feet and forever soak in His presence.
Many of us like Mary find ourselves in situations beyond our control. We are pressed beyond our limits and faced with seemingly impossible circumstances. However, like Mary, we can make a choice. We can either cry out with disbelief and kick against the goads or we can press into to the Lord with praise.
Mary who faced certain judgement for her premarital pregnancy albeit immaculate conception, chose praise and trust instead of unbelief and worry. Should we not also praise God in the good and the bad? Should we not praise God amidst fear and uncertainty? Like Mary and Zachariah, choose praise. Oh, people of God, sing to the Lord a new song. Lift up your voices and praise Him.
My soul glorifies and rejoices in You, oh God, for You have watched over and been mindful of me. Thank You, oh God, for the mighty and great deeds You will do. Lift up the humble, oh God, and fill the hungry with good things as You extend Your mercy to me and to generations to follow. You have helped and sustained me through difficult trials and tribulations. Thank You, oh God. Remember me, oh God, and keep Your promises. Amen.