Mary’s song: praise and worship

Luke 1-46-47

The Verse of the Day for December 16, 2013 is part of a passage of Scripture described as “Mary’s Song” or the Magnificat, a term derived from the first word of Mary’s reply in the Latin Vulgate, meaning “to magnify.”

Luke 1:46-47, 49

And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name

Her response to the revelation that she will bring forth the Messiah can be seen as an expression of praise and worship.  Mary responds by extolling and glorifying the Lord with her whole being.  From the depths of her soul she offers praise to God that overflows in true worship from her spirit, as she rejoices in God, the source of life and salvation.

Jeremy Myers points out that the song ties beautifully with poetry and prophecy from the Hebrew Scriptures: “This shows a tie between the Messiah they were hoping for and the Messiah who has come. The song of Mary is very similar to Hannah’s prayer for her miracle son (1 Samuel 2), as well as many of the Psalms (e.g., Psalms, 8, 33, 47, 100, 135, 136).”

As I thought about the passage from Luke, I noted similarities in the lyrics to “O Magnify the Lord” offered by Maranatha! Singers.

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