Mary Praises God

Therefore, the Lord Himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive, have a son, and name him Immanuel.

Isaiah 7:14

Gabriel was sent by God to inform Mary of His plans through her life. The first recorded words Gabriel spoke to Mary was, “Rejoice, favored woman! The Lord is with you.” But her reaction was not one of rejoicing but of distraught feelings! Knowing this, Gabriel told Mary not to be afraid. Whenever the unknown tempts us to doubt and fear, God’s answer will always be, “Don’t be afraid. I am with you.” His plans for our life will always require bold confidence that steers clear of side-swiping fear.

Even though Mary knew her road ahead was unpaved, and uncertainty was guaranteed, she responded faithfully to God’s will with bold praise in what is known as the Magnificat.

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Mary’s Song of Praise: The Magnificat

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.
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 1:56-52)

Mary lived an unexpected and challenging life, and many seasons of our life are pitched at us with unforeseen curveballs. Praising God when our experiences are confusing and difficult will never be our natural inclination. But if we following Mary’s example of great faith in response to God’s will (even when it is unclear), it will enable us to respond to Him with a joyful, “Yes!” and to competently fulfill our role in God’s kingdom.

Never forget that you are unique and special and have a holy call upon your life. Act like it. Believe it in your heart, think it in your mind, and walk it out in your behavior and conversations. Like Mary, believe that you are blessed! Believe what has been spoken by the Lord concerning His promises for those who are in Christ will be fulfilled! Lord, I desire to praise you in the uncertainties and say, “Yes! May it be done to me according to your word.” May Mary’s song of praise be in your heart and on your lips this week because nothing is impossible with God.

In His grace,

Amanda

Women of Faith series

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