An Unborn Mercy – Luke 1:46-55
Upon arriving at Elizabeth’s home, and having been encouraged by Elizabeth, Mary the mother of Jesus does something beautiful – she bursts forth in song:
And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for He has looked on the humble estate of his servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name. And His mercy is for those who fear Him from generation to generation. He has shown strength with His arm; He has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts; He has brought down the mighty from their thrones and exalted those of humble estate; He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich He has sent away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of His mercy, as He spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to His offspring forever.” (Luke 1:46-55)
This passage is referred to as “The Magnificat” which is Latin for: “My soul magnifies.” Also known as the Song of Mary, it is one of the most ancient Christian hymns. The first line may remind you of the chorus of a song we often do around Christmas, Chris Thomlin’s “My Soul Magnifies the Lord.”
It is a beautiful piece of poetry, inspired by the Holy Spirit through the heart of a young girl whose life had been touched by Her God. The song celebrates God’s goodness, faithfulness, mercy, and power.
It proclaims the God who strengthens nations, remembers His covenants, justly rewards His people, and yet who also works in the life of a single, humble servant.
And Mary rejoices these things before her blessing is even showing.
Will there be trials in Mary’s life? Yes. She’ll give birth in a stable. She’ll be forced to flee to Egypt. She’ll have to witness the unjust death of her firstborn Son. And yet she praises!
Christian, there’s a word for us here…
- Praise Him in the blessings, and in the trials.
- Praise Him in the good times, and the bad.
- Praise Him when life hands you gold, and praise Him when it’s taken away.
- Praise Him before the mercies, grace, and blessings before they come, for they surely will come!
Charles Spurgeon notes of this passage:
“Brothers, there are some of you who cannot even sing over a mercy when it is born, but here is a woman who sings over an unborn mercy.” (Spurgeon)
“My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for He has looked on the humble estate of his servant.”
We can change the world, one life at a time…