Day 16 // Mary’s Song

“And Mary said: ‘My soul magnifies the Lord, …’” Luke 1:46(NKJV)

Called The Magnificat, Mary’s song is a spontaneous expression of praise! With the announcement of the Angel Gabriel that she was chosen of all women to give birth to Jesus and that her cousin, Elizabeth, was already in her sixth month of pregnancy with a miracle baby, Mary hurried to visit her. No sooner had she arrived that Elizabeth sensed something special about Mary. Before Mary could tell her she was also pregnant, Elizabeth said,

Luke 1:42-44 (NLT) “… God has blessed you above all women, and your child is blessed. Why am I so honored, that the mother of my Lord should visit me? When I heard your greeting, the baby in my womb jumped for joy.”

Both women had discovered that what the angel said was true — that “nothing was impossible with God!” (Vs. 37) Both had taken God at His word and were experiencing a quality of life that knows no other explanation but God! They were living the miraculous. How do you do that? Elizabeth gave us the answer. She said to Mary, “You are blessed because you believed that the Lord would do what He said.” (Vs. 45)

You want to live the blessed life? You want to live miraculously? Great! That’s exactly what God wants! He doesn’t expect the sensational or the spectacular from us but simply the miraculous! How do you experience that? Not by what you achieve, but by what you believe. Neither Elizabeth nor Mary could produce a child on their own. It wasn’t up to their ability but their availability to God to simply let God be God in their experience. It was for them to be; it is for Him to act. How often we try to make something happen and work for God when God is trying to get us to simply rest in Him and allow Him to work in and through us to accomplish what only He can do! Paul learned the same lesson in 1 Thessalonians 5:24 when he said, “He (God) who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.” That’s the miracle of the Christian life. If your Christian experience is genuine, it cannot be explained apart from Him. Jesus told us, “Without Me you can do nothing.” (John 15:5) anymore than He Himself could do independently of the Father working through Him. (John 5:30)

How do you live that way? Expose every situation to Christ, no matter what it is – every threat, promise, opportunity, responsibility or problem – and say, “Thank You for all of this, Lord Jesus. Thank You for what You will do so that I can live miraculously. You have been waiting for me to be available so You can live Your Life through me, which would otherwise be utterly impossible for me.” Giving thanks in all situations is the evidence of true faith. It produces an unshakeable confidence in God and replaces panic with peace, stress with rest and worry with trust.

Listen to Mary’s song: My spirit has joy in God my Savior … for He who is Mighty has done great things for me ….” Isn’t it time to sing along with her?

Oh God, give me that spontaneous expression of praise like Mary to take You at Your Word and praise You that You alone are God in every situation of my life. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

So how’s your soul doing? We are 16 days into our Advent adventure. I would like to hear from you. Would you like to exchange the mundane for the miraculous?

How would adopting a disposition of thanksgiving change your outlook?

What are some ways you can begin practicing the presence of God in your life that will enable you to consider Him in every situation?