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Luke 1:46-56 Mary Worship (Part 2)

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)

Luke 1:46-56 Mary Worship (Part 1)

What makes worship worship? Worship at it’s core is about elevating God, it’s about recounting his glory and finding joy in Him. When we look at worship in the scriptures it covers a wide breadth of forms but these things are consistent in them all.
If you turn to Luke 1:46-56 you will encounter Mary’s song which is usually called “The Magnificat” because in the Latin translation, Magnificat is the first word of the song. Very early on, the early church began using this song in Christian worship.1
As we prepare to read this together, please notice how much of Mary’s song is past tense but still refers to future events from her time. Her song is therefore both worship for the moment as well as prophecy of the future on top of an eager faithful expectation of what God will do because it is what He said He would do.
Let’s read this one together. Please stand as you are able and hear then the word of the Lord, Luke 1:46-56.

True Worship Happens in the Heart

The first line of the song calls out “My soul exalts the Lord!” To exalt God is literally just to declare that he is great. But it’s not just what it said about God that we should see here. It is after all Mary’s soul that exalts the Lord, not merely her lips. This is worship of the very core of her being – not lip-service.
Looking at it this week has had me asking myself a question I now share with you. “Am I worshiping God with my soul or just with my lips? Does God feel inclined to say of me, ‘these people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me!’” (Isaiah 29:13)

Get Up!

It was night in the garden. Judas had gone – songs had been sung, and Jesus had preached to his disciples about his coming death. He had promised them presence of God’s Spirit with them and Jesus urged his disciples to pray with Him saying, “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.” (Lk 22.40) He left them alone and kept on walking until overcome with the burden being placed upon Him he fell to his knees and began to pray and sweat and bleed. He knelt and prayed with great wrestling agonizing prayers until he came to the point of surrender. “Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me…” Became, “yet not My will, but Yours be done.” (Lk 22:42). As he knelt there surrendering upon his knees and probably upon his face -Luke informs us that an angel came and ministered to him (Luke 22:42) and no doubt the angel said “get up, my Lord.” And Jesus rose from that spot of prayer.

He came to his disciples and found them sleeping and he said to them, “Why are you sleeping? GET UP and pray that you may not enter into temptation.”(Luke 22:46.)

Again he went away and he prayed the same prayer (Mark 14:39) Yet again he walked away from them until falling to his knees he began to pray and sweat and bleed. He knelt and prayed with great wrestling agonizing prayers until he came to the point of surrender. “Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me…” Became, “yet not My will, but Yours be done.” Perhaps yet again the same angel came to strengthen him and say, “Get up, my Lord.”