“Magnifying The Lord”
When we put God first in our lives, nothing is too hard for our Heavenly Father.
We are now entering the Advent season and, we turn more to the story of the birth of Jesus. It refreshes our memories concerning the miraculous power and favor given to the young virgin named Mary.
As we read these verses in “Luke” you can just picture in your mind the wonderment of Mary when, she was visited by the angel Gabriel. I am sure there was a sense of shock, confusion and fear at the message brought to her; nevertheless after hearing the fullness of this message, it gave room for trust, belief and acceptance in Mary’s heart. Knowing that the Lord God Almighty had found favor in one who was an lowly maidservant, there was great reason for her to say “My soul magnifies the Lord”. Truly he had done wonderful things to her so that, she would be called blessed forever by all generations. There certainly was a reason for her spirit to rejoice in God her Savior. If we who call ourselves Christians really put Jesus first in all we do, we then could see the splendor in the song of Mary “Magnifying the Lord”. Mary saw how the one whose name was holy had shown mercy on those who feared him, how he had shown strength and scattered the proud, put down the mighty from their thrones and raised up the lowly. She had even seen how he filled the hungry and, sent the rich away empty. All these things were experienced by Mary and can be experienced by all who believe if they truly trust, obey and rely on the one who has all power in his hands.
Why then can’t we start Magnifying the Lord? He is still doing great things, he gives us what we need, he shows us mercy day by day. He lifts us when we are fallen, strengthens us when we are weak and heals us when we are sick. He is with us always for he never leaves or forsakes us. Isn’t it wise for us to start right now “MAGNIFYING THE LORD”? He is worthy – O Magnify the Lord all ye earth!
Submitted by: Communion Steward
Marion S. Colbert, Chairperson
Magnifying the Lord,
by Anita Green
Like Mary we should sing a song of Praise. “Oh Magnify the Lord” for he is worthy to be praised! Hosanna blessed be the rock, blessed be the rock of our salvation. My soul magnifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my savior. (Luke 1:46:56). We can really rejoice because he has looked down on this life and granted favor to our loved ones and to us. Generation upon generation has realized the blessings and generations to follow will realized the great things that God has done for us and will praise lift up and magnify his holy name for he is worthy to be praised. His grace and mercy are for those who fear him and keep his commandments. Our children and our children’s children should be taught to fear him in order to receive his grace and mercy in all their days upon the land. God is strong and mighty and can bring down the powerful from their high place. We should magnify him in his power, knowing that God at any time can bring down from the high place and humble us and bring us to our knees at the throne of grace causing us to bow down and look up to the mighty God that we serve. But the same God that can bring the powerful low can lift the lowly high, and we will mount up on “Eagle’s Wings”. We must magnify him because of his awesome power to do all things. The scripture tells us (Luke 1:53-54) that he has filled the hungry with good things and sent the rich away empty. Our emptiness comes from not knowing him, so we must hunger after his word and we will be filled with the
Holy Spirit and receives the good things possible when we follow him (Matthew 19:23) It will be hard for a
rich person to enter into the kingdom, and (Proverbs 27:24) reminds us that riches when we are with him in paradise, because God has promised us that if we live according to his teachings and keep his commandments, he will do great things for us and for generation after generation. “Oh Magnify the Lord with me for he is worthy to be praised” May the Lord bless you and keep you.
O’ Magnify the Lord!
by Brenda J. Lindsey
Luke 1:46-48 Oh, how I praise the Lord. How I rejoice in God my Savior! For he took notice of his lowly servant girl, and now generation after generation will call me blessed.”
The Virgin Mary is so overwhelmed after the angel of the Lord informed her that the Holy Spirit will come upon her and impregnate her with the Son of God. In her excitement she visits Elizabeth who is pregnant with John the Baptist. The Holy Spirit comes upon Elizabeth in Mary’s presence and the baby in Elizabeth’s womb jumps for joy. Mary begins to sing, praising the Lord, and magnifying his name for she is the blessed one chosen to carry this gift.
As we approach this Christmas season, reflect back on the past year. The world has been besieged by earthquakes, storms, threats of terrorist attacks, and threats of plagues and pestilence. In the midst of all of this calamity is a God who is in control of everything. He has us in the palm of his hand. In many ways we are going through birth ----- - the birth pangs of the coming of our Lord. We don’t know when he will return but we are told to look up and be ready. We don’t know the day nor hour.
Don’t be like the bridesmaid caught without oil in her lamp – the bridegroom is most assuredly on his way. As one popular minister says ‘Get Ready, Get Ready, Get Ready!” Pray, be on the watch and magnify the Lord each day. Oil your lamp daily with praise even in the midst of calamites because God is in control. He has blessed us through the gift given through Mary to us – Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Oh Magnify his Holy Name!