“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. He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts; he has brought down the mighty from their thrones and exalted those of humble estate; 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 offspring forever.” (Luke 1:46–55)
In these verses Mary sees very clearly a remarkable thing about God. She knows that He is about to change the course of all human history. What she didn’t know was that the most important three decades in all of time are about to begin.
And where was God in all of this? He was working through two unknown, simple Hebrew women in the old and childless Elizabeth, and the young virgin Mary. Mary is so moved by her vision of God, the One who loved the lowly, that she bursts out in a song, a song that we know as “the Magnificat” (Luke 1:46–55).
In reading Luke’s account, Mary and Elizabeth are wonderful women. He loves the faith of these women. The thing that impresses him most, it seems, and the thing that he wants to impress on Theophilus, and now us, is the lowliness and humility of Elizabeth and Mary.
Elizabeth says (Luke 1:43), “And why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord would come to me?” And Mary says (Luke 1:48), “He has looked on the humble estate of his servant.”
Today, the only people whose soul can truly magnify the Lord are people like Elizabeth and Mary; people who acknowledge their lowly sinful estate and are overwhelmed by the coming of the magnificent God in the person of Jesus of Nazareth.
Do you know Him?
Shalom, until tomorrow, Lord willing,