There is a beautiful passage of scripture that is embedded in the Christmas story that is traditionally referred to as the Magnificat. Magnificat anima mea Dominum is Latin for the first phrase Mary's song that we find in Luke 1:46-55 - "My soul magnifies the Lord." I always find it so beautiful because even though Mary was young and had been asked to do something very difficult, she was overwhelmed by the goodness of God and trusted Him so completely. The Magnificat always reminds me that even if the world around us doesn't see how God is moving, those who are open and listening will not only recognize Him, they will be amazed at how He unfolds His plan.
As we continue to journey toward December 25th with the anticipation and expectation of Christmas in our hearts, I want to invite you to take some time to meditate on Mary's song of worship. Consider all of the longing and waiting of the Jewish people as they looked for their promised Messiah and ask yourself how much your heart longs to see the Lord, today and when He returns. Listen for how He fulfills His promises and be reminded that He is the same yesterday, today and forever.
Looking forward to coming to worship with you on Sunday,
"I'm bursting with God-news; I'm dancing the song of my Savior God.
God took one good look at me, and look what happened -
I'm the most fortunate woman on earth!
What God has done for me will never be forgotten,
the God whose very name is holy, set apart from all others.
His mercy flows in wave after wave on those who are in awe before him.
He bared his arm and showed his strength, scattered the bluffing braggarts.
He knocked tyrants off their high horses, pulled victims out of the mud.
The starving poor sat down to a banquet; the callous rich were left out in the cold.
He embraced his chosen child, Israel; he remembered and piled on the mercies, piled them high.
It's exactly what he promised, beginning with Abraham and right up to now."
Come to Worship: Pour Out Your Heart
Erin is continuing our series by reminding us that worship is expression of our hearts. God is our safe place in every season and every circumstances. We're going to take some time to remember His faithfulness in the past and that He can be trusted with our future.