“My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior…” -Luke 1:46b-47a
Mary spoke these words not long after she found out she would carry the Savior of the world in her womb. My heart is taken by the authenticity and joy in her words. She is exploding with happiness and gratitude!
Mary’s Song (as this passage in Luke has been named) is a demonstration of adoration – Mary adoring her Heavenly Father. As we enter the Christmas season, I can’t think of a better example for us to follow than Mary’s practice of adoration toward her Father in Heaven.
Here are a few things to take note of from Mary’s Song (Luke 1:46-55) that can help you practice adoration for God:
- Praise God for His goodness toward you – Mary specifically celebrates God’s goodness toward her personally in vv.46-48. In what ways have you seen God’s goodness in your life? Identify those and praise Him for how he has worked.
- Praise God for His character – In v.50, Mary identified God’s mercy as something for which she can praise the Lord. This is a trait of God that is inherent to who He is. What character trait can you praise God for?
- Praise God for His mighty deeds – From vv.51-55, Mary highlights different ways in which God worked, but these works are on a broader scale, not just for her personally. In what ways have you seen God work through your church, your family or different friends? Also, consider God’s faithfulness to His people throughout Scripture.
Spending time dwelling on who God is and what He has done can easily bring words of adoration to our lips. My prayer for you reading this is that you will take time to praise the One to whom all glory, honor and power are due!
“You are worthy, our Lord and God,
to receive glory, and honor and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they were created
and have their being.”