Wednesday, December 23

Scripture Passage: Luke 1:46-56 “He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble.” (Luke 1:52)

Today’s Scripture has been called “The Magnificat” or Song of Mary. In Latin, the word means “magnifies,” and this prayer of praise is recorded as Mary’s joyous response to her cousin’s greeting. Elizabeth affirms Mary’s knowledge that the child she carries is of God! Mary is filled with praise for God who has chosen her as a humble servant. There is no mention of fear, loneliness, doubt, or regret. Mary knows her God – the one true God, Alpha and Omega, Lord of Lords, King of Kings, Creator – has been mindful of her. He will continue to be strong, merciful, mighty. She responds with joy, trust and love!

“My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for He has been mindful of the humble state of His servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me— holy is His name. His mercy extends to those who fear Him, from generation to generation. He has performed mighty deeds with His arm; He has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts. He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble. He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty. He has helped His servant Israel, remembering to be merciful to Abraham and his descendants forever, just as He promised our ancestors.”

When God allows us to see an opportunity to participate in His plan today, our response is based on who we believe God to be. Do we respond with recognition of His power, care, and love? Do we act with faith – believing in His protection and trusting that He will work out the details? When we do not know how to respond, let us sing songs of praise and remember all of God’s goodness in the past, present, and future. Let us joyfully trust Him!

Let us remember that God’s thinking is opposite of the world’s thinking: that lavish giving does not make us poorer, but richer; that humility does not make us trampled down, but lifted up; that pride does not fulfill us and boastful ranting does not fulfill our need to be loved and accepted.

Prayer: Dear Loving God, may I trust you today to draw near to me and fill me with your promise of hope! May I respond with joy, generosity, and humility. May my life reflect and magnify Your love to others! Thank You for the written account of Mary’s song of praise in Luke’s gospel. Amen.

Leigh Bigger – 2016