When Mary, the mother of Jesus, visited Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist, she exclaimed about the LORD in Luke 1:49-50,
For the Mighty One has done great things for me;
And holy is His name.
And His mercy is upon generation after generation
Toward those who fear Him.
Mary also said in verse 53,
He has filled the hungry with good things;
And sent away the rich empty-handed.
God Almighty did “great things” for Mary because “His mercy is upon generation after generation toward those who fear Him.” Mary humbly had the deepest respect for the LORD — she respectfully feared His authority as our Creator and Redeemer. She did not have the kind of “fear” that could not trust the LORD. Mary’s “fear” was a heart-felt honor of God’s holiness and love towards His people.
Because of God’s “mercy” Mary knew that everybody who was “hungry” to know God’s truths would be “filled” “with good things”. But, those who felt “rich” and satisfied with their self-righteousness would be “sent away” “empty-handed”. When people feel self-sufficient and don’t care about staying in close fellowship with “the Mighty One”, they won’t receive anything of eternal worth from Him.
God’s “mercy” does not fail those who humbly put their faith in Him through thick and thin.
Knowing “His mercy” towards all who are “hungry” for His truths, we say, “Hallelujah! LORD, Your holy name is blessed forever and ever because You have stooped down to help us in our need.”
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.