Praying the Magnificat 7
Luke 1: 52 “He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble.”
Today, we are starting 5 days of the Brexit debate in the UK House of Commons! There will be lots of gloating and proud belittling of the opponents opinions.
Also no doubt this week the super powers of the world will once again flex muscle and try to convince the other that they are stronger and richer.
Here is a young teenage girl who may not have been educated but knows her Scripture enough so that when she is pouring out her soul to God she is able to use it to form her own prayers.
Job 5:11 “The lowly he sets on high, and those who mourn are lifted to safety.”
Psalm 40:2 “He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.”
Mary says: He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble.
What appears to be ruling your life today? Which Caesar has sent his minions to encamp on your territory? Has a throne been established? Has there been an authoritative positioning through sickness, financial burden, grief and hurt and stress?
No matter how powerful the seat is, God brings down such rulers from their thrones!
God is with the poor and the broken. The Asia Bibi’s of this world waiting, silently, longing for God to rescue them.
30 years later after the Magnificat comes the Beatitudes which Jesus gives to those who were wandering aimlessly in life, the forgotten, the broken:
If you cannot take any more (poor in spirit); if your heart is broken (those who mourn); if you are not pushing yourself forward all the time (the meek); if those who have harmed you have not got justice or if you long to be free yourself (hunger and thirst for righteousness); if you refuse to walk over people to get to where you want to be (merciful); if you focus less on outward appearances for the praise of men (pure in heart); if you are trying to stop the fighting (peacemakers); if you are losing for refusing to give up (persecuted); if you are any one of these people today then Jesus says to you: You are welcome. Come on into my Kingdom. I have come for you. I am here for you.
God of the humble, breaker of the lofty, teach me how to live lowly.
I seek to be low in my thinking, low in my speech and low in my actions. That you in time may lift me, position me and exalt me in your good purpose for my life.
The powers around me and any within are temporary. Bring down those that try and set up thrones in my life.
Take me to the broken and the suffering of this world that I might be with you.
Teach me power within humility that I may be more effective in this life.
Let me host your presence.