And Mary said: “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.”
After Mary saw the evidence of Elizabeth’s pregnancy and Elizabeth blessed her, she broke into praise. From her inmost being, she desired to glorify God. To “glorify” God means to “magnify” Him by demonstrating His greatness in words and actions. In a song known as the Magnificat, Mary proclaimed her thankfulness and love to the Father. This song teaches several things about Mary:
Mary knew Scripture well. Even at a young age, Mary knew God’s Word. This song consists of many truths and quotations from the Old Testament. It reminds us of the importance for children to know God’s Word.
Mary had a personal relationship with God. Mary calls God “my Savior,” and proclaims that she is “his servant.” She did not see God as distant and disconnected. Rather, she knew that the Father took note of her in a personal and intimate way.
Mary needed a Savior. Mary was not sinless. At the beginning of her song, Mary proclaims her need for One to rescue her. She addressed the Father as “my Savior.” Certainly, Mary’s bearing of God’s Son puts her in a unique category. Elizabeth said that she was blessed among all women. The Son that she would bear would one day bear her sins on the cross.
Father, thank You for knowing me intimately and personally. Thank You for sending Your Son to be my Savior. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
For parents: While Advent is seasonal, teaching your children the Word of God should be year-round. Prayerfully consider a plan to teach your children God’s Word in an age-appropriate way this coming year. Please share with us any books and material you have used, or plan to use, so that we can share these resources with other parents. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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