Summary: Mary’s song of praise. (Powerpoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email: email@example.com)
• (1). Salvation (vs 46):
• (2). Victory (vs 49-53)
• (3). Covenant (vs 54-55):
• In the secular world;
• Happy Birthday is the best known song in the English speaking world,
• The song’s base lyrics have been translated into at least 18 languages.
• It was written in 1893 by 2 sisters;
• Mildred J. Hill came up with the tune,
• Her sister patty added some words.
• They were nursery & kinder-garden teachers in Kentucky, USA.
• It was published in the songbook Song Stories for the Kindergarten.
• Originally the words were:
• “Good morning to you, good morning to you,
• Good morning dear children, good morning to you”.
• The children enjoyed singing the song so much;
• That they began spontaneously singing it at birthday parties,
• Changing the lyrics to "Happy Birthday”
One of the most famous songs in Christianity is Mary’s song:
• It has been whispered in monasteries,
• Chanted in Cathedrals,
• Recited in small churches by evening candlelight,
• And set to music with trumpets and kettledrums by Johann Sebastian Bach.
• This song of prise is known as the ‘Magnificat’,
• Because in the Latin Vulgate translation, the first word is ‘magnificent’,
• Which means ‘praise’ or ‘magnify’.
This morning we are looking at the song of Mary,
• There are three important truths I want to highlight from the song,
• Three gold nuggets for us to mine.
• Three key statements that Mary made.
(1). Salvation (vs 46)
“My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour”.
• The keyword here is ‘saviour’
• Mary’s first response to the message of the angelic being was to worship.
• The first thing Mary sang about was words of praise to God for his salvation.
• “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour”.
• Salvation of course is always our greatest blessing;
• Whatever else happens in our lives it has to come second to our salvation.
• You might recall the incident in the gospels (Luke chapter 10 verses 17-24);
• Where the disciples are excited about being able to perform the supernatural;
• They are able to carry out miracles and exorcisms etc.
• Jesus replied to their enthusiasm by saying:
• That’s good, but there is something much better to get excited about!
• “Rejoice that your names are written in heaven”
Salvation is of course is always our greatest blessing;
• 2 Reasons why salvation is our greatest blessing:
• First it was planned out even before the beginning of the world;
• (Ephesians chapter 1 verse c4).
• Second it cost the very blood of the Son of God!
• (1 Peter chapter 1 verse 18).
• Salvation may be free but it is never cheap!
In this song Mary sang about was words of praise to God for his salvation:
• N.I.V.: “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour”.
• K.J.B.: “Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,”
• When you use a magnifying glass,
• It doesn’t change the size of what you look at. It changes your perception.
• Mary’s perception has been enlarged;
• Aand so she is telling others how great she thinks God is.
Mary had an enlarged, an immense appreciation of the Lord:
• Some of that was due to her experience;
• I think if you spoke face to face with an angelic being you would be on a spiritual high!
• I think if you had a personal message via an angelic being you would be on a spiritual high!
• I think if you realised you were chosen for a special purpose you would be on a spiritual high!
• Now her supernatural experience may have helped;
• But this song reveals a much deeper reason for her appreciation of God!
• God is her saviour!
• Notice this song is saturated with quotes from the Old Testament.
• And is especially kin to Hannah’s song of praise (1 Samuel chapter 2 verses 1-10).
• She also quotes or alludes to the Psalms, Isaiah, Esther, Ecclesiastes, Job & Genesis.
• One commentator suggests that every line of this song has an Old Testament reference.
Remember that Mary was probably about thirteen years of age at this point.
• For Jewish girls in New Testament times;
• Betrothals commonly took place when a girl was thirteen,
• And the marriage took place about a year later.
• For a thirteen year old girl;
• Mary has amazing maturity and spiritual depth for her age.
• The Holy Spirit does not magically insert Bible verses into our minds or on to our lips;