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Singing Mary's song
Sunday, December 11, 2005
"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. His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation."
Mary's response is gratitude and joy. Listen to the verbs ... my soul glorifies, my spirit rejoices. No illegitimate sense of entitlement or expectation weighs her down, and her spirit flies toward God, who knows her better than she knows herself.
Without God's confidence in her she would never have this confidence in herself. God saw that he had made Mary, and he saw that it was good. This is just as true for me, and I am so thankful for that. Without God's stamp of approval I'd just be stalking the earth, wondering what I'm doing here. My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.
Lord, let us sing. Sing songs of joy and praise and thankfulness, for you have made us all, and you never leave us. You will not put out the Spirit's fire.