Day 6: Mary’s Song

| Advent 2017

And Mary said:
“My soul glorifies the Lord
    and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour,
for he has been mindful
    of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed,
    for the Mighty One has done great things for me
    holy is his name.
His mercy extends to those who fear him,
    from generation to generation.
He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;
    he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
He has brought down rulers from their thrones
    but has lifted up the humble.
He has filled the hungry with good things
    but has sent the rich away empty.
He has helped his servant Israel,
    remembering to be merciful
to Abraham and his descendants forever,
    just as he promised our ancestors.”
(Luke 1:46-55)

This Advent we’re going to look at a few different songs. Firstly we have Mary’s song.

It’s a song of mercy. The mother of Jesus sings of mercy. When we encounter Jesus’ presence, we become aware of his priorities. We can see what Mary lists, how she juxtaposes the rulers and the humble, the rich and the hungry.

It’s also a song of delighting in God. God’s revelation leads to worshipping God for who he is and what he does. Both are important and both are a result of experiencing God’s goodness.

But it also reminds us of Hannah in the book of Samuel, who sang both songs of desperation and celebration. You might be celebrating life already this Christmas, or maybe life is very difficult at the moment. In August, Jago Wynne spoke on songs of celebration and desperation. Wherever we’re at, I’ve found it such a helpful message. Whether we’re celebrating or crying out to God from a place of pain, we can be honest before God and know that we are singing to the God of mercy.

Jamie Mulvaney

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