And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant. For behold, from now on 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 for those who fear him from generation to generation.” (Luke 1: 46– 50) Jesus, I woke up today so thankful for the gift of music, especially the songs of Advent. I’m more likely to lose my inhibitions singing Christmas songs than any other genre. And it’s not rocket science to figure out why this is so. Every Advent hymn, carol, and chorus I treasure— from your Word, in my hymnal, or on my iPod— propels me into hope and gratitude and more hope and more gratitude. And when my heart is fueled by these twin graces, I’m much freer and so much more full of faith. I praise you for igniting my heart to sing your praise. I praise you for giving me a reason to sing, Lord Jesus. I praise you for songwriters who capture what I feel and give me the vehicle for expressing what I long to say to you. Mary’s story is different from mine, and yet I join her Advent refrain today. I can sing her song. I must sing her song, for you’ve been so mindful of my humble, broken, sinful state. I have nothing to boast in but you, Lord Jesus. You came to me when I wasn’t seeking you. You are being formed in me as surely as you entered the world through Mary’s womb. I’m a blessed man because you’ve done great things for me, and you continue to do great things for me. Holy is your name, Lord Jesus! I have no concern for what any generation may say about me. It’s enough to know what you say about me: that I’m yours, that I’m forgiven, that I’m righteous in you, and that nothing can separate me from your love. Your mercy has been extended to my generation and to me personally. Therefore, my soul glorifies you, Jesus, and my spirit rejoices in you, my God and my Savior. As the gospel goes deeper into my heart, free me from all fears except the fear of the Lord. I want to be filled and freed with an affectionate reverence for you alone, Lord Jesus. I sing and pray, in your most glorious and gracious name. Amen.
Smith, Scotty (2011-09-01). Everyday Prayers: 365 Days to a Gospel-Centered Faith (p. 364). Baker Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.