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My Spirit Has Rejoiced

December 22, 2014

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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.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

 

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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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.

Philippians 3:12

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