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Magnificat

There are very few feelings greater than the realization that you are going to have a child. I can’t say I’m writing this from experience, but I can imagine that the joy of knowing you are going to bring your very own baby into the world is above most other things. Just the thought of getting the opportunity to have a child and realize you are about to bring someone into the world in your own likeness who you can love and take care of and raise up in the Lord amazes me. Now think about how much more this would be the case if you found out you’d be having the Son of God. To realize that you get to raise up God in human form, the very Man that was sent to save millions from spending eternity in suffering. This became reality for Mary when the angel Gabriel came to her and told her she would be getting the opportunity to bring Jesus into the world. As you could imagine, once Mary wrapped her head around what was going on she was beyond excited and grateful. To praise God for doing this through her, she sang a song to him in Luke 1:46-55 known as the Magnificat. Every Tuesday for Buckeyes for Christ after our dinner and high-lows we sing three or four songs. At the very front of our song book is this song of Mary: the Magnificat. Almost every single week someone requests that we sing this song because it sounds absolutely beautiful. What is even more beautiful, however, are the words that make up the song and the meaning behind them, so please take a moment with me to study the things Mary has sung to our God.

            To start it off, the sopranos come in and sing, “My soul magnifies the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, my soul magnifies the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God.” What an amazing image to think of here, Mary being so happy that her spirit is rejoicing, her soul magnifying the Lord. I’m sure we’ve all had those days where we feel similar to Mary right here. One of those spiritually rewarding days where we’ve been surrounded by our brothers and sisters in Christ all day. Maybe it was on a retreat, or a mission trip, or after we witnessed those we love give their lives to Christ. Just one of those days that seemed like nothing could go wrong, and nothing did. A day in which we lay down in bed at night and our entire being is rejoicing in God, just as Mary was on that day. The important thing to take away from this is where she directed her happiness. She didn’t think ahead to her life with Jesus and think about how great of a mother she was going to be. She didn’t think back to her past and puff herself up about how great a life she must’ve lived to where God would choose her to have His child. Instead she thanks God for giving her this opportunity; her entire being was showing her gratefulness for the Lord.

            In the next verse, the bass joins in singing, “Glory be to God the Father, Glory be to God the Son, Glory be to God the Spirit, Glory be to God.” I love what is done here. Each part of the trinity is listed and given glory to. Glory be to God the Father. Joshua 1:9 says, “Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” There is no need to fear anything in this life because we know God the Father is with us and more powerful than all; give glory to Him. Glory be to God the Son. “For Christ also suffered once for our sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit,” (1Peter 3:18). Jesus suffered immense pain on the cross to die for our sins, people who do not deserve it; give glory to Him. Glory be to God the Spirit. “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groaning too deep for words,” (Romans 8:26). The Spirit knows our struggles, He knows our weaknesses, and He promises to intercede for us on our behalf; give glory to Him. And then the entire Trinity is listed as one. Glory be to God. “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all,” (2 Corinthians 13:14). The Trinity works together to form a perfect and complete bond, one that can give us life; give glory to Him.

            The altos come in for the third verse and sing, “He has been mindful of His servant, He has been mindful of me. I will be blessed forever, forever. I will be blessed by the Lord.” God has promised us that He will always be with us. Deuteronomy 31:8 says, “It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; He will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.” God was mindful of Mary and her situation, and blessed her with the birth of His Son. We still receive the outcome of that blessing today, a blessing to us which is the grace and mercy of Christ. That blessing will last forever, so God will never forsake you.

            The final verse has the tenors joining in and singing, “God alone is mighty, mighty. God alone has done great things. God alone is worthy, worthy. Holy is His name.” Genesis 1:1 tells us God created the entire universe. Exodus shows God taking His people out of slavery, parting a sea for them to cross, putting up with their complaints in the wilderness, leading them to defeat nation after nation, and giving them the land He promised to their ancestors. John 3:16 tells of God sending His only unique Son to die on the cross for our sins, because His love for us is that great. God alone has done great things. Is your soul magnifying the Lord and rejoicing in God as it should? Are you giving glory to God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit? Are you recognizing the blessings the Lord has placed in your life, as he stays mindful of you? If you’re not then you need to start as soon as possible, as God alone is worthy of these things. Holy is His name.

Written By: Isaac May