My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour, for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed; For he who is mighty has done great things for me, And holy is his name. And his mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts; he has brought down the mighty from their thrones and exalted those of humble estate; he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his offspring forever. (Luke 1)
This beautiful song was sung by Mary when she was told by the angel Gabriel, and consequently found, she was pregnant with Jesus, the one foretold to be the anointed one: the Messiah.
This lovely young woman was a virgin. She had ‘found favour with God’. She was godly and humble, willing to be the blessed vessel by which all could ultimately be blessed.
And rather than big-note herself in her song, she focusses our attention on her God and Saviour, the mighty one who lifts up and does good things for the poor and lowly, but brings down and scatters the rich and haughty.
Would that we all find favour with God; that we all be found godly and humble and consequently used by God for his great and mighty purpose of bringing peace and joy into our world.
Holy is his name by John Michael Talbot