Calvary Baptist Church of Lafayette
Luke 1:46-52 Mary responded, “Oh, how I praise the LORD. 47 How I rejoice in God my Savior! 48 For He took notice of his lowly servant girl, and now generation after generation will call me blessed. 49 For He, the Mighty One, is holy, and He has done great things for me. 50 His mercy goes on from generation to generation, to all who fear him. 51 His mighty arm does tremendous things! How He scatters the proud and haughty ones! 52 He has taken princes from their thrones and exalted the lowly.
Mary is praising GOD not only for what HE is doing for her, but also what HE is doing through her. She is amazed that GOD “took notice” of her. She did not see herself as worthy yet GOD chose her to give birth to HIS Son. However, rather than stopping there and making herself the only recipient of GOD’s favor, she invites us into this chorus of praise by speaking of the mercy that is available for all those who fear GOD. She understood that what GOD was doing through her was much more significant than what GOD was doing for her, as she speaks at length of how others whom she would never meet – including future generations, rulers, and Abraham’s descendents – are impacted by how GOD is revealing Himself to and through her.
Beloved Child of GOD, do not resist what GOD is doing through you. Like a baby growing inside of you, being conformed to the image of Christ can be painful at times. You may doubt HE will ever finish HIS work in you, but remember what HE is doing through you will impact more than just you. People who have yet to be born will be touched by how you live in fellowship with the One who bought mercy for you at the cost of HIS blood and sealed HIS covenant with you by sending HIS Spirit to live in you so that, like Mary, others might experience GOD’s presence through you. Therefore, you, too, have many reasons to praise HIM!
Prayer: Gracious Father, Thank YOU for revealing Yourself to and through us; please help us follow Mary’s example by looking beyond ourselves and trusting that YOU will complete what YOU began in us for YOUR glory. YOUR Name be praised! Amen.