The Song of Mary is also known as the Magnificat, which comes from the first word of the song (in Latin). Of all the songs in Scripture, this certainly is one of the most magnificent songs of them all. This song from Mary reveals that her heart if filled with knowledge of God’s Word, and thanksgiving and love for all God has done.
The most beautiful aspect of this song is that at the time she composed it, she knew she was pregnant, but she did not know that God would provide for her future. She did not know if she would have a husband or not. She did not know whether or not the people of her village would try to stone her for getting married out of wedlock. She also does not know about the pain and agony that will come to her as a result of being the mother of the Messiah.
But despite all that she does not know, she does know God, and knows that He is worthy of her praise. And that is what her song is about. Mary’s song magnifies the Lord and all that He has done. One interesting element to the song as well is that every phrase alludes to Scripture. Mary knows the Bible as well as she knows the God of the Bible.
Here is the Song of Mary from Luke 1:46-55:
“My soul magnifies the Lord,
And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.
For He has regarded the lowly state of His maidservant;
For behold, henceforth 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 on those who fear Him
From generation to generation.
He has shown strength with His arm;
He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
He has put down the mighty from their thrones,
And exalted the lowly.
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 seed forever.”
There is so much to be said about this song, and not all of it can be said in a short post like this. But when we look at the song of Mary as a whole, here is something I wrote elsewhere:
This song seems to end abruptly. All of a sudden, it’s just over. It stops. Maybe Mary drifted off into humming her tune. Maybe Luke didn’t record all of her song. But I think her song ended just as recorded here—with an abrupt stop.
Why? Because her song is not over. This was just the first verse of millions more to come. She sang many more stanzas throughout her life, and the men and women of God throughout time who allow the words of Scripture to penetrate their minds have added many more words to this song.
You can add your own verse too. Your life is a stanza in the greatest song ever written. You are part of a divine symphony. How are you playing your piece?
Scriptural Books on Mary
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