When her son is recognized as the long-awaited Messiah, Mary, a young virgin yet miraculously the mother of our Lord Jesus Christ, sings a song of praise to God. This song is often called The Magnificat. It is found in Luke 1:46-55.

Mary is not just singing out of the joy of having a baby. In the song, Mary recognizes her baby as the one who has come to save the descendants of Abraham, just as God promised. But He is more than a fulfillment of a long-awaited event. Jesus is the Savior — He rescues and redeems.

Her song shows us how to exalt God and bring Him glory by proclaiming who He is. God is mindful — He sees His people and thinks of them. God is the Mighty One and He performs mighty deeds. God is holy, like no other. As a father, He provides for and helps His children. He shows mercy to those who fear Him but brings down the proud. He remembers, and faithfully keeps, His promises.

Take a few minutes to read Mary’s song that magnifies God. Praise God for who He is, and Jesus His Son who came to save you. Be reassured that He sees you and thinks of you, too. He provides mercy, and keeps His promises today just as He did then. He still performs mighty deeds.

Holy God, You are righteous. You are mighty. You are good. My heart, mind and soul overflow with gratitude for all you have done. Thank you for sending Jesus to redeem me. Give me words to exalt your name. I want to magnify you, Lord! Amen.

Go Deeper — Write or print off the words of The Magnificat (Mary’s song in Luke 1:46-55). Use it as a prayer every night this week. Ask God to reveal Himself in a new way through this Scripture.

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