Mary’s Song


“My soul praises the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.”
Luke 1:46

“Faith is the link which joins our uttermost weakness to God’s almighty strength.” I came on that the other day, and it is so true. Faith that comes from the depths has a spring in it, like the water pressed down into a low narrow channel, that can rise into a fountain.  (12 September 1898)


Scripture:  Luke 1:46-55

  • Why did Mary praise God?
  • To whom does God’ mercy extend?
  • Contrast God’s treatment of the humble with the haughty.
  • How has God “helped” His servant Israel?


Meditation on Scripture
We can only speculate the thoughts of Mary after the angel’s departure. Did she worry “what people might think”?  Did she ever doubt her perception of an angel visitation?  Did she puzzle, Why me? Why was I singled out from all women for this singular honor?  

We do know Elizabeth’s testimony, however, of how her baby leapt in her womb for joy at the sound of Mary’s greeting the mother of the Lord.  Surely any reservations, fears, or doubts were erased upon hearing Elizabeth’s declaration “Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished. 

Mary’s response to Elizabeth’s greeting is one of the loveliest “songs” recorded in Scripture:

“My soul praises the Lord
And my spirit rejoices in
God my Savior.”


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