Merry Christmas Eve! Maybe you’re sitting in an office, cooking and preparing for your family, doing some last minute shopping, or wrapping gifts. For this motivation Monday I just want to focus on “Mary’s Song of Praise.” It’s in Luke 1:46-55
“And Mary said:
‘My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
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
She just summed up her unborn Son in a nutshell. The reoccurring theme that sticks out so much in her song of praise is her emphasis on humbleness. She says, “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 lifts up the humble. He uses those that don’t see their value in themselves but rather see their value in Him.
God doesn’t just tell His people to “be humble” but He exemplifies it for us in the most beautiful and intriguing way through His birth. You can’t get much more humble than being born in a cave with barn animals parading around. I’m so thankful that God didn’t come down as a fancy king dressed in royal robes because I could never relate to that. Instead He reduced Himself to a human baby in order to be relatable to us. Not only was He born as a human baby but He was born to poor, average, blue collar parents. I love this because it shows that what the world has labeled significant, God has already shrugged off as insignificant. God could care less how much money you make or how big your house is. What He wants to know is how big your heart is and how you’re using the talents He’s given you.
Maybe this is a really hard time of year for you. What I love about Mary’s song of praise is that she chose a song. She chose to worship through her feelings and her circumstance. She chose to look upward and sing to God. She chose to praise through it. Let me encourage you to worship even if. Even if your holiday season hasn’t gone how you had planned, even if you don’t get all of your shopping or cooking done in time, or even if your family feels like a flop compared to all of the picture perfect families on Facebook. Praise through it. Worship even if.
Here’s a pic of that time I went to Bethlehem and went into the cave (now shrine) of where Jesus was born that holy night!