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Read His Words Before Ours!

Luke 1:50-56
Psalm 28:6-9
Psalm 107:21-22
Micah 7:14-20

When we encounter the presence of God, we are filled with newness of joy, peace, and strength. 

Can you imagine being a young, ordinary girl who is visited by an angel, and told, “You will be the mother of the Messiah?” Wait, what?!?  Let’s take a small step into the life of Mary, the mother of Jesus, the long-awaited Son of God. 

Mary felt confused, overwhelmed, and utterly shocked, don’t you think? 

“Mary asked the angel, ‘How can this be, since I have not had sexual relations with a man?’”
(Luke 1:34) 

But in the midst of her ordinary, everyday life, she was humbled to obey, sacrificing public perception of her character and integrity to bear the Savior of the World. (Luke 1:31-38)

God often chooses the seemingly insignificant “unknowns” of this world through which to make Himself known. (1 Corinthians 1:26-31

Soon after her startling angelic visit, Mary left her hometown of Nazareth, and journeyed to her cousin Elizabeth’s safe dwelling. This visit would soon change their hearts, and renew their minds for the coming days and months. (Luke 1:39)

Upon Mary’s arrival, the baby inside Elizabeth’s womb “leaped for joy.” (Luke 1:41) Elizabeth was overcome by the Holy Spirit’s presence. Joy filled her womb and her heart!

Exuberantly, Elizabeth greeted Mary, offered a holy affirmation, and blessed her young cousin! This was the beginning of the fulfillment of God’s promises to their ancestors long ago. 

Mary’s heartfelt response begins with her “praise song” and magnifies her Lord. Have you ever been so overcome by joy, lifting a “praise song” to Abba Father? Me! Me! I have!

He provided food when I did not have the means to support my children. He safely sheltered me and my littles under His wings when egg shells were all I heard under my feet. He wrapped me and my children in His love when we experienced no love. You see, sister friends, I was in an abusive situation, but God miraculously sustained me and offered peace to my body, soul, and spirit. He filled my heart with a song of thankfulness, my song of praise! 

Mary’s song was a melody of what God had done or finalized for her and her people. She was singing His praises and applauding Him for His wondrous works. Let’s take a closer look at God’s “actions” as described in her melody. 

  • Has scattered/Has toppled (Luke 1:51-52; Psalm 107:39-42) There is no place for self-righteous pride in God’s children; instead, God works through the humble. He caused a lowly, ordinary girl to be the mother of His Son. She, in turn, humbled herself to her Lord, “May it happen to me as You have said.” (Luke 1:38)
  • Has satisfied (Luke 1:53; Psalms 107:9) God helps those in need physically and He satisfies those who hunger for their Savior, filling them with good things. As Jesus explained to the woman at the well, He will be living water to those who are thirsty, refreshing souls and reviving spirits. (John 4:1-26) Check out this song, “Honey in the Rock.” Maybe it will bring praise to your lips or at least some “swing in your step”!
  • Has helped/promised (Luke 1:54-55) (Truthfully, this action is the best, in my opinion) God remembered and confirmed His covenant to Abraham through Mary’s unborn child. (Genesis 15) What God has spoken in covenant, He will fulfill in covenant! (Isaiah 63:11-13; Deuteronomy 7:9) Go ahead, praise… dance! 

So how can we create our own melodies of praise?

  1. We should know We do this by becoming saturated with His Word. Read, read, and then, read! We need to fill our minds and hearts so full of His promises, we know and obey Him readily! (Psalm 119:7-8; Hebrews 11:6)
  2. We should believe Like Mary’s ancestors of old, we should trust and believe God will keep His promises. God will do what He says! (Psalms 44:1-3; Proverbs 3:5-6)
  3. We should surrender to Him. Humility begins with surrender. Surrender brings obedience. When Mary embraced humility, surrender, and obedience, the fruit of her sacrifice was made evident by the fulfillment of Messiah’s birth. (James 4:7)

Mary knew her Lord and trusted in her God to fulfill His word. She understood Jehovah Jireh would provide for now, for tomorrow, and forever. This melodious legacy had been passed down from her family, and now would be fulfilled in her. Just like King David, her ancestor, she would offer a praise of thanksgiving and honor her Father God for all He had done for her and would do for generations to come. (Psalm 25:1-10)

But wait, the story does not end there. Mary remained with Elizabeth for three months. Perhaps she pondered all that was happening to her or maybe she basked in the Son to continue her praise. Pause, and calmly think on that!?

Then she returned home. She turned her attention back to the now, to fulfill her tomorrow and the next generation’s future. Mary was full of joy and praise and continued her journey with a renewed, changed direction, and so should we. Will you join me? 

So, friends, why not lift His Name high, remind Him of all His wondrous works, exalt Him for Who He is, and sing:

“This is my story, This is my song
Praising my Savior all the day long.”
(“Blessed Assurance”, Fanny Crosby)

For this is our song of praise; it’s our melody! 

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Kathy Moore
Kathy Moore
1 month ago

Praises to our Lord for His Word speaks Thank for this this morning I will never get over this miracle of how our Savior came through this amazing birth! Our God is awesome

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