Praying the Magnificat 5
Luke 1: 50 “His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation.”
When Gabriel appeared the first words were always “Do not be afraid!” He said it to Mary. Angels appearing meant only one thing, trouble. God was a frightening God, one who would punish the wrongdoing. It is still true today, we are sinners in the hands of an angry God said Jonathan Edwards and centuries later we are trying to avoid those big hands of God. The stance is to fear Him from a distance, lest He notice us and beats us.
I have a Minister in Training in my region who every Sunday evening he and his wife invite the LGBTQI+ people together into their home for a bible study. This is not part of the church programme, it is part of their heart of love for the estate where they live. How wonderful! Gathering the people that some churches would be angry towards (because God is angry) to study God in the Bible!
What kind of God do you worship? An angry one? One to be feared? Does this fear make you think He punishes you and others? Is He a dormant volcano ready to explode?
This song bursting out of young Mary’s soul now moves from what God has done for her to what He will do for the world to come. She has understood and probably knew that when God moves it is not only for now but for the future.
Genesis 17:7 “I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you.”
Psalm 33:11 “But the plans of the Lord stand firm for ever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.”
Just as Mary had to be told not to dread some punishment coming on her by Gabriels appearance so too we must not dread something bad will happen. That is not the fear which matters. Mary says in the next generation to come and the ones beyond there must be fear. So what is that fear? It is a fear that we might ignore the covenant of God, we might not know His plans and purposes for our lives. A fear that we might miss His presence. A fear that says if we don’t host His presence we have nothing.
And in His presence there is mercy. And yes we need that!
Generations have come and gone and here I am, Merciful God, waiting on you, fearing you, in awe of who you are and the wonder of all that I still do not know. I do not want to let my life be caught up with other good things that I miss the best thing of your presence.
Thank you for your covenant to me. Thank you for the plans and purposes for my life.
I know they will be active and bear fruit. I just need to stay in your presence.
I host you in my generation. Here, now.