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. from now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me– Holy is his name.” Luke 1:46-49
This song of Mary’s is known as the Magnificat in Latin as the first word spoken is the word magnificat meaning glorifies. Mary is praising God for being chosen to be the mother of the coming Savior and all the future honor that will bring. She says her soul is rejoicing in being able to serve her God and bring glory to His name. She is reveling in His mercy and grace and calls Him Holy. Why would Mary choose the word Holy to describe God? By worldly standards, Mary is in a precarious position. She is an unwed mother to be in a time when that condition would bring shame upon herself and her family. Yet, she praises God and extols His holiness.
What do Mary’s praises tell us about who she thinks God is? Mary calls God HOLY. God is high and lifted up. He is set apart from His creation. No one is like God. God sets apart His children for Himself and commands us to be holy as He is holy. Being holy makes you whole, what God intended you to be. Mary knew she had been set apart by God for His work. She considers herself whole, complete and is thankful and filled with joy that she can be used by God.
Do you feel whole and complete when you are serving God? Does your service bring honor and glory to God’s Holy name? Do you rejoice in serving God? Paul wrote to Timothy is 1 Timothy 3:13 “Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus.” Peter wrote in 1 Peter 4:10-11 “Each one should use what ever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. I anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.” Paul, Peter and Mary recognized that our service can and does bring honor and glory to God when done in and through our Lord Jesus Christ. Our service also brings joy to our hearts and gives greater assurance in our faith. God is Holy and desires us to be holy and honor Him in all we say and do.
Striving to serve a Holy God,