And Mary said: “My soul magnifies the Lord, And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior. For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant; For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed. For He who is mighty has done great things for me, And holy is His name. And His mercy is on those who fear Him From generation to generation.Luke 1:46-50 (NKJV)
Waves of Worship
Mary exalted God, worshipped him by seeing him on high, with ways above hers. Praise and worship of God leads to joy in knowing God as Savior. Yes, it is exciting to understand that God is not only a great, high God but that he loves us so much that he is our personal rescuer.
Through the March of Time
The theme of generations is seen twice in this short section. God is so big that all he does has big, generational consequences. Mary states, rightfully, that all generations will call her blessed. She reminds us of God’s multigenerational faithfulness and mercy to those who fear him (see also Exodus 20:6, Psalm 103:17-18, Exodus 34:6-7).
Descriptors of God
The Arrange Visual Verse Analysis of The AROMA Approach to Bible Study helped me to see all the ways Mary described God and herself in this passage. Mary’s proclamation of who God is echoes the Old Testament.
- One who regarded her and acted on her behalf
- One who did great things for her
Mary describes herself in terms of how God sees her and deals with her much as we should find our identity in Christ.
- Filled with praise
- Overcome with joy
- Recipient of God’s great work on her behalf
Mary exalted God and proclaimed how his power radically changed her life. God took her, a nobody from no place memorable with no great future, and made her into a somebody, remembered for all generations to come. Mary recognized God did that for her just as Elizabeth acknowledged it was God who took away her reproach. Praise, joy, humility and reverence combine in a stunning declaration in this beautiful praise song by a young girl whose life would never be the same.
In the Read Engagement Point of the AROMA Approach, the R, one of the recommended mindsets for reading a passage is devotional. Focus on the devotional reading of this passage today. As you read, take time to praise the Lord for all he has done for you.
For He who is mighty has done great things for me,
And holy is His name. Luke 1:49
Mary has a fresh revelation of who God is, his power and holiness, because of what he did for her. Take a few moments to think about only one of the great things God has done for you. Praise and thank him for being mighty and holy and acting in your life.
Lord, We thank you for your goodness to to us. You have truly done great things for us. You are holy, your name is holy and you are deserving of all the praise. We praise you Lord and give you all the glory! Thank you for your kindness and mercy towards us. We love you, Lord. Amen.