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Although the passage begins with the words; ‘and Mary said:’ commentators usually refer to it as Mary’s song (it is sometimes called the Magnificat after the Latin translation of the first word).
The song is packed with references from the Old Testament especially Hannah’s song from 1 Samuel 2:1-10. God loves those who love his word and take it to heart. The song begins with thanks for what God has done for Mary. He is her Saviour (Mary needed a Saviour) he knows about her social status. He is the Mighty One, he is holy in character. Mary is looking back at the Lord’s track record with his people but since she is speaking of the Messiah, some of this may well be prophetic. The Lord is faithful to his people and keeps his promises.
There are times when simply knowing something is not enough. You may know that God loves you, you may know that your sins are forgiven but there are times when the information has to come out. You have to speak, shout or sing. As David writes; “You turned my wailing into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy, that my heart may sing to you and not be silent. O LORD my God, I will give you thanks forever.” (Psalm 30:11-12). How could Mary remain silent?
The early chapters of Luke are full of different responses to God. Some are unbelieving, some are angry and rebellious but Mary responds with faith, a willingness to be used by God and a song of thanks.
We often think of responding to God in terms of salvation but we are responding to him all the time. “So, as the Holy Spirit says: “Today, if you hear his voice” (Hebrews 3:7).
We give thanks for all the Lord has done for us. Help us Lord to respond with songs of joy, hearts of faith and a willingness to serve.