Updated: Dec 24, 2021
“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 ancestors.” (NIV)
The Song of Marry is filled with echoes of the Old Testament. It is a song that springs forth in praise for God’s redeeming work. Her song shares similarities to another song, Hannah's, found in (1 Samuel 2.1-10).
Mary praises God for the favor He has shown to her. Then, after a brief reference to Mary’s reason for thankfulness, her Song continues proclaiming what God does for His people. She speaks of His mercy, power, and grace. God exalts the humble and brings down the proud and powerful. God is gracious and fills those who hunger.
Mary’s Song is a reminder of God’s faithfulness. Through the birth of her Son, God is fulfilling His covenant promise to Abraham and His descendants (ref. Genesis 22.15-18), a promise that included blessing all nations.
Mary’s Song is a beautiful and powerful reminder of God’s justice, mercy, grace, and faithfulness. It’s the story of a Savior breaking into a broken world to redeem His creation.
Scripture quotations from; THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.