MARY’S CHRISTMAS CAROL
LUKE 1:46-56, “And Mary said, my soul doth magnify (praise) the Lord.” (Verse 46) There are a number of places in Scripture that are actually songs or hymns of praise however; because of the literary structure of our Bible we do not often recognize them as songs. We might even say that this is our first “Christmas” carol. Our carols are intended to lead us in a spirit of attitude and praise for the coming of our Savior. We sing:
Angels We Have Heard on High—Go tell it on the Mountain—Hark the Herald Angels Sing
There’s a Song in the Air—Joy to the World—O Come, All Ye Faithful—The First Noel
It Came upon a Midnight Clear—O Little Town of Bethlehem—I Heard the Bells—Silent Night
Angels, from the Realms of Glory—Away in a Manger—O Holy Night
Of course, the world has chosen to take advantage of this special time of the year to satuate it with their songs as well. The “famous” unspiritual people also take the songs of Christmas to sing and record them for profit.
What are some of the marks of praise that come forth from these ten verses of rejoicing from the heart and lips of Mary who had been given the wonderful and startling news that she was to be the mother of our Savior.
First of all, this hymn exhibits the fact that Mary was very familiar with the Old Testament Scripture. Moved by the Holy Spirit to break forth into praise, she chose language which the Holy Ghost had already consecrated and spoken.
Next, in this hymn of praise, the Virgin Mary’s deep humility is profoundly exposed. Without question one can readily see the great contrast in this part of the hymn. First we see that this is an honor beyond measure yet Mary speaks of her “low estate” and acknowledges her need of a Savior. Amen.
In the third place, please notice the lively thankfulness of the Virgin Mary. Her “soul magnifies the Lord’. Her “spirit rejoices in God.” “All generations shall call her blessed.” “Great things have been done for her.”
Forth, we must not miss the fact that this young Jewess girl had observed the fact that God had dwelt with other. She speaks of God as One whose “mercy is on them that fear him”; as One who “scatters the proud, and puts down the mighty…and sends the rich away empty”; as one who “exalteth them of low degree, and filleth the hungry with good things.”
Last of all let us join Mary because of her firm grip on Bible promises. She ends her hymn of praise by declaring that God has blessed Israel in remembrance of his mercy and that He has done as he spake to our father, to Abraham and to his seed forever.
Come let us join Mary in her Carol of praise and thanksgiving for the promised Savior.