Sometimes you just need to get away…
The Song of Mary given the name “The Magnificat” [a title derived from the first word ‘magnify’] begins with “And Mary said…” and ends with “Mary remained with her [Elizabeth] for six months.”
While Mary was away she found time to praise.
Often times at home my life becomes somewhat routine and a change of scenery opens up opportunities to spend time with Jesus that is unique to the daily time sitting in my living room. Recently Kelley and I took a trip to San Diego where I found some moments of study and reflection that would have never happened at home. It’s during those times that God begins to challenge me as I spend time basking in His holy presence… and the beauty that surrounded us with the ocean waves crashing along the shoreline, offered itself to worship.
Mary took this time away from the mundane of everyday life to reflect on what God was doing and about to do because she had said “yes” to His holy plan. She offered her thanks in a style that is reminiscent to the Psalms. She begins by offering her thanks and then she recalls why she is thankful. She pours all of herself out as an offering of praise to God her Savior, at the same time recognizing her need for his blessed salvation.
Towards the end of the prayer she takes the focus off of herself and turns towards the realization of the coming of Jesus into the world… what it will bring and what it will mean for those who chose to believe.
Her prayer offered is one that has three elements:
- Praise and thanksgiving of her God
- Recalling her blessings
- Praying for others, her people
You may not be able to get away to a quiet place away from your life but you can praise even as you sit at your computer reading this. Take some time today to echo the prayer of Mary as you recall what God is doing in your own life using the three steps above. May your prayer be one where you can truly magnify God and His presence in your own life.
46 And Mary said,
“My soul magnifies the Lord,
47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.
For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
49 for he who is mighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
50 And his mercy is for those who fear him
from generation to generation.
51 He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts;
52 he has brought down the mighty from their thrones
and exalted those of humble estate;
53 he has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
54 He has helped his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy,
55 as he spoke to our fathers,
to Abraham and to his offspring forever.”
56 And Mary remained with her about three months and returned to her home.