Advent Day 6: Mary’s Song of Praise (Luke 1v46-55)

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46 And Mary said,

“My soul magnifies the Lord,
47     and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour,
48 for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.
    For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
49 for he who is mighty has done great things for me,
    and holy is his name.
50 And his mercy is for those who fear him
    from generation to generation.
51 He has shown strength with his arm;
    he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts;
52 he has brought down the mighty from their thrones
    and exalted those of humble estate;
53 he has filled the hungry with good things,
    and the rich he has sent away empty.
54 He has helped his servant Israel,
    in remembrance of his mercy,
55 as he spoke to our fathers,
    to Abraham and to his offspring for ever.”

 To magnify something is not to make it bigger, but to see it more closely. Mary’s song (often called “the Magnificat”) shows how God is closely and intimately involved in Mary’s story and the story of His people. God is not far away. He is near to everyone of us. Believing in God is not about escaping reality. We praise God for who He is and the “great things He has done” (v49)  in the real world. That’s what Mary’s song is about.
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