Do you have favorite Christmas music? There is a lot of it! From carols to Jingle Bells to the Hallelujah Chorus, it covers all aspects of the holiday season. Singing is our word today. There are several ‘songs’ recorded in scripture about the birth of Jesus. These songs extol the Lord and His graciousness to us at sending a Savior. Mary’s Song found in Luke 1:46-55 is called the Magnificat because in Latin the word means ‘glorifies’ which is how Mary begins her song to God. “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,”. Mary is so amazed and honored that the Lord Almighty has chosen her to bear the promised Savior that she breaks into song. “..for the Mighty One has done great things for me-holy is his name. His mercy extends to those who fear him… He has performed mighty deeds with his arm…He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble…to Abraham and his descendants forever, even as he said to our fathers.” She was able to tell of God’s mighty deeds in the past and of His great mercy and love. She knew God was eternal and His blessings would continue from generation to generation.
Do you have a song of praise for God today? What do you know about God that would make you sing? What has He done in your life or in the life of someone close to you that you can praise Him for? By all rights, Mary- an unwed teenager, pregnant under questionable circumstances, shunned by her town and relatives should have been bitter or unhappy or worried but she was none of those! She was praising God for the opportunity to serve Him and be used for His glory. Does this describe the attitude you have towards the circumstances you find yourself in today? Turn to God and be like Mary. Claim this promise today. “Commit your way to the Lord, trust in Him and He will act.” Psalm 37:5.
Singing with Praise,
These pictures are of some of the beautiful Mosaics donated by churches around the world at the Church of the Annunciation in Nazareth.