And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
We call it the “Christmas story”- the story of the birth of Jesus Christ to the virgin Mary. And I love the Christmas story. But it goes far beyond something to celebrate just once a year during the Christmas season. It is the story of God coming to Earth in human form to take away our sins. It is the story of our “hope of eternal salvation.” It is the story of the “lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” It is the story of our Saviour.
In these verses (and ones following), Mary gives quite a song of praise to the Lord. And the things we find Mary doing in these verses are things we should find ourselves doing every day.
1. She “magnified the Lord.”
-Are we “magnifying the Lord?” Do our lives bring honor and glory to Him or do we live to bring honor and glory to ourselves?
2. Her spirit “rejoiced in God my Saviour.”
-Where is our rejoicing? Is it in “God my Saviour”, or is it in something else? When we think of all the Lord has done for us, we really can’t help but rejoice. The Christian life is a life of rejoicing!
Let us say with Mary that our “soul doth magnify the Lord” and that our spirit “rejoiced in God our Saviour.”