Day 15 – December 11
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. [Luke 1:46-49 CSB]
“My soul magnifies the Lord” were the joyous words of Mary. These words are part of a song of praise as she sings to the Lord for the mighty work he is about to do through her. What is so incredible about this statement is that Mary did not say “My soul magnifies me” but rather “My soul magnifies the Lord.” Mary recognized that she would be the one through whom God would bring the Messiah into the world. Though it would have been tempting for her to boast of herself, rather she points out that this amazing work God is doing, using her, is going to magnify or reveal His glory. She recognizes that only by the grace of God and His sovereign purpose will she be considered blessed by “all generations.” Rather than bringing the spotlight to herself, she has directed it towards God! Magnifying the Lord’s grace that He gives to sinners who can do nothing for themselves.
As we go into this holiday season, let us focus on the amazing blessings that God has given us and magnify Him. Let us look to the Lord with thanksgiving and proclaim “Holy is His name!”
Lord, You have blessed us tremendously, there is not anything I need that You withhold. You are my provider and my sustainer. Lord let Your gracious and mighty works that You have done in us magnify Your name alone. Let all blessings we receive reflect Your grace and mercy. Amen.
Written by: Braydon Hotchkiss