In her inspired exclamation of praise commonly referred to as the Magnificat, Mary magnifies the Lord for looking on her humble estate, and granting her favor in the hearts and minds of generations to come. She declared that God has shown strength with his arm, scattering the proud while exalting the lowly and humble. He has filled the hungry with good things and sent the rich away empty. God has remembered his covenant with his people Israel, and with Abraham and his offspring. The faithful God has kept his word and will bring deliverance to his people Israel, to his church, and to his creation forevermore.
The Magnificat is deeply rooted in Old Testament Scripture. Some of the strongest connections are with the prayer of Hannah in 1 Samuel 2 when she dedicated her only son, Samuel, to the priesthood. Much of Mary’s vocabulary and phrasing is taken directly from the Psalms. She had internalized the Word of God. She knew she could count on it as she was approaching the biggest moment of her life.
God our Father, we pray that your word would be so deeply rooted in our hearts and minds that in the biggest moments of our lives we could lean on your Scripture.
“Worship in the New Testament is a comprehensive category describing the Christian’s total existence. It is coextensive with the faith-response wherever and whenever that response is elicited. Consequently, ‘our traditional understanding of worship as restricted to the cultic gathering of the congregation at a designated time and place for rite and proclamation will no longer do. This is not what the New Testament means by worship.’”
~ David G. Peterson, Engaging with God: A Biblical Theology of Worship. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1992. pp. 18-19
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