My Spirit Has Rejoiced
My Spirit Has Rejoiced
Before the virgin Mary bore Jesus, she went to visit Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist. As they greeted each other, Mary gave special praise to God for all the things that God caused to happen in bringing about the Savior. In Luke 1:46-55, Mary says,
My soul exalts the Lord,
And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.
For He has had regard for the humble state of His bondslave;
For behold, from this time on all generations will count me blessed.
For the Mighty One has done great things for me;
And holy is His name.
And His mercy is upon generation after generation
Towards those who fear Him.
He has done mighty deeds with His arm;
He has scattered those who were proud in the thoughts of their heart.
He has brought down rulers from their thrones,
And has exalted those who were humble.
He has filled the hungry with good things;
And sent away the rich empty-handed.
He has given help to Israel His servant,
In remembrance of His mercy,
As He spoke to our fathers,
To Abraham and his offspring forever.
Mary’s praise is directed at all that the Lord has done for His people. She notes how God exalts the humble and has mercifully remembered His promise of a Savior. At this time she had no idea of the pain she would have to endure seeing Jesus tortured and crucified — although when Jesus was later presented to the Lord when He was eight days old, Simeon prophesied, “A sword will pierce even your own soul — to the end that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.” (Luke 2:35)
Simeon’s prophecy came true when Jesus was crucified for the sins of the world. At that time, and even today, the thoughts of “many hearts” are “revealed”. Mary’s thoughts were still directed to trusting in the Lord even in her pains. There were others also, who realized they really needed to trust the Lord on this one — in spite of their total lack of understanding. And then, there were those whose hearts revealed nothing but hatred and pride. They refused to feel any remorse over their sinful behaviors in crucifying the LORD of lords.
Mary could continue trusting the Lord because in everything that happened to Jesus over the years, she “treasured all these things in her heart”. (Luke 2:51) Before Jesus was conceived, Mary treasured God’s word in her heart and was always humbly accepting the Lord’s will for her life. Treasuring all that God had done in the past enabled her to praise God with a true faith.
We need to ask ourselves, “What kinds of thoughts are revealed in our hearts when thinking about Jesus’ birth, suffering, death, and resurrection?” Do we treasure God’s word so as to trust God’s will for our lives, as Mary did? Does thinking about our Savior’s sacrificial love bring about praise from our hearts?
During this Christmas season, let us treasure God’s word in our hearts, so that we will honestly be enabled to say, “Hallelujah! My soul exalts the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.”
A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and GOD of gods.
Pray for our country.
The LORD made this day, let us rejoice and be glad in Him.
The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
Sing for joy in the LORD, O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming to the upright.
How blessed are those who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Just as a father has compassion on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
O give thanks to the LORD, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.