“His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation. He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts. He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble. He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful to Abraham and his descendants forever, even as he said to our fathers.” Luke 1:50-55
I see two different attributes of God that stand out to me in Mary’s continuing song of praise. I’ll highlight one today and one tomorrow. Today I’d like to talk about God’s Protector/Preserver attribute. Mary knew that God had protected and preserved the children of Israel since the time of Abraham when He made a covenant with him. Genesis 12: 2-3 “I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” Mary would have been familiar with the stories of the Exodus from Egypt, the miraculous plagues, the saving of the first born, the parting of the Red Sea, the giving of the law on Mt. Sinai, the feats and battles of Gideon, Deborah, King David and many more. She would have known of the preservation of Esther and the way God used foreign kings to bring them back from exile in Babylon. Mary would have been familiar with Daniel and his stay in the lion’s den. She had seen how God preserved her people generation after generation against all odds. It is no wonder then that Mary praises and sings of God’s great upholding power with mighty deeds and personal support.
Who is this great preserver that Mary loves? God preserves His own. We can trust Him to preserve the good work He has started in us through Christ. God preserves our lives for His purpose and He preserves our salvation. Jesus promises that no one can take you out of God’s hand. No temptation, no failure, no person, not even Satan can make us lose our salvation . God preserves us, just as He did the children of Israel, so that we can accomplish His purpose. He is our preserver. Mary knew this in her heart and sang praises to the preserver of herself and her people.
Is Jesus your preserver? Do you trust Him to help, defend and protect your faith and salvation against all enemies? I love the verses in John 10:28-29 “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.” Trust God and walk today with assurance that God has got you and will never let you go. Mary knew this and sang out in praise. Join her in proclaiming praise to our Mighty God who promises to preserve us.
Held in the hand of Almighty God,
Thank goodness this is true!