Praying the Magnificat 1.
At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! But why am I so favoured, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfil his promises to her!
And it is then that it all comes together for Mary. Since being a small child she has known the stories of the coming Messiah. Now not even an adult and she has encountered a frightening angel who tells her an even more frightening message. There was only one place she could go to and it was the person who had also been given a miracle, Elizabeth. She is immediately welcomed and blessed and prophesied over. It is overwhelming. Out of the depths of her heart come a song. It is a song of God coming to His people. A song of hope and power. A song of courage to believe that His presence is everything. It is often known as the Magnificat which is the Latin translation of the first word ‘magnifies’.
Magnificat anima mea Dominum
Luke 1: 46 “And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord …”
NKJV And Mary said: “My soul magnifies the Lord …”
How we need this song more than ever! I am hearing every week from Pastors that say their biggest challenge is the discipling of their church. Christians consider themselves members of churches and only now go to church services twice a month, some less. Leaders have disappointments and hurts to get over and it is not just the past they are living through nightmares right now. Vision cast years ago has gathered dust. Surely He is coming soon, isn’t He? The world has changed since we first began and the pressures on the church have increased as mankind tries to find its ‘saviour’. We are in a war like never before, strongholds have gathered to take down the Church, to belittle every Christian who thinks the best is yet to be.
Elizabeth was much maligned. She had been childless all her life, it was shame and her righteousness highly questionable with her not being blessed. Now she lives with the fact that the gossipers are doing their best, “have you heard?” “Elizabeth she is pregnant! How will she give birth without dying?!” Then there was the fact that her husband was now unable to speak. They were the talk of the town.
In the midst of such weakness, foolishness, heartache, fears, tiredness and pain. The list goes on and on. In the midst of an emotional rollercoaster comes a song, the Magnificat.
Almighty God, there is none who can compare with you.
I am surrounded by so many enemies. Some look like friends but their voices weary the hope within. Some are enemies who want to destroy the hope that I carry, they wage war against my soul.
With all the effort I can gather I burst out a song of praise to you today. I shout it louder than all the voices: My soul magnifies the Lord! My soul glorifies the Lord! With all my heart I praise the Lord! My heart praises the Lord! My soul exalts the Lord! My soul is ecstatic, overflowing with praises to God! Yes, my soul magnifies the Lord!
It may look like I’m surrounded but I’m surrounded by You!
My enemies may be pressing in, my body may be weak, my mind may be anxious, my circumstances may be impossible, but MY SOUL MAGNIFIES THE LORD! I cannot make you bigger but I can choose to see you as big as you really are! I choose through my thoughts, words and actions to make you as great as you really are!
May others see the incomparable, superior, almighty Jesus in my life.
I host your presence.