Last time we talked about Mary’s song of praise known as the Magnificat in Luke 1:46-56 – we were only able to cover the first half of the song recognizing that true worship happens in the heart, responds to the character of God and in fact is about God instead of us.
Let’s read the Magnificat together: Read Luke 1:46-56.
She begins her song with worship welling up out of her soul, the core of her being. Her master and her savior is the object of her song. The reason for the worship is on one hand because God has looked to her among all people and has exalted her so that for all time she will be considered blessed. Truly God has done great things for her, but above all God is worshiped because His Name Is Holy.
Beginning then with Luke 1:50 Mary’s song turns away from herself as she begins to worship God For what he “has” done for all people. Starting with his extension of mercy to the families of those who fear him.
True Worship Reflects the Heart of God
It is a repeated promise in the Old Testament that God promises his blessings to generations after those who love him. It is a consistent pattern with the Lord that he shows mercy from generation to generation. It not only demonstrates God’s incredible patience but also his enduring love.
God himself considers this to be core to His identity. Remember in the book of Exodus how Moses pleads with God, “’…I pray You, show me Your glory!’ “And He said, ‘I Myself will make all My goodness pass before you, and will proclaim the name of the LORD before you; and I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show compassion on whom I will show compassion.’” (Exodus 33:18-19 NAU)