Magnificat – Mary’s song of praise

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What do you do when something good happens to you?

How do you respond when you experience a miracle?

I know most people who experience a miracle or even hear a good news are happy and joyful. In that state, they laugh, make a joyful noise, sing and dance. Those who believe in God and attribute what they have experienced to Him will thank, praise and worship Him. They will give testimonies and perhaps present a thanksgiving offering in church.

The Virgin Mary has taught us how we should respond to the goodness of God in our lives. When she visited her cousin Elisabeth (who herself had experienced a miracle) and heard the confirmation by Elisabeth of what angel Gabriel had told her Mary in privacy, she (Mary) could not help but exploded joyfully in an instant praise which is known as THE MAGNIFICAT. It is found in Luke 1:46-55. It is so beautiful. I believe it is one of the Canticles sang in the Anglican Church to this very day.

We have 3 similar songs of thanksgiving and praise in the Bible. Before we look at the Magnificat, let us see these other songs.

The first one is the song that Moses and the Israelites sang when they were delivered from the armies of Pharaoh in Exodus 15:1-18.

The second instant song of praise was the song of Deborah and Barak after the Israelites had defeated the Canaanites and their king Jabin. It is found in Judges 5.

The third song of thanksgiving was sang by Hannah after the miracle of the birth of Samuel, We find it in I Samuel 2:1-13.

Interestingly, women were involved in all these three songs. We thank God for our sisters in the church. I tell you, church would be very boring without them.

In Moses’ song, his sister Miriam was very actively involved. The Bible says in Exodus 15:20-21

“Then Miriam the prophet, Aaron’s sister, took a tambourine and led all the women as they played their tambourines and danced. And Miriam sang this song: “Sing to the LORD, for he has triumphed gloriously; he has hurled both horse and rider into the sea.””

Deborah, Hannah and the Virgin Mary have all sang songs of thanksgiving and praise to the Lord. The lesson they are teaching us is we should testify to the good deeds of the Lord through prayers, poems and songs of thanksgiving.
Have you experienced any miracle?

I bet you have.

The very fact that you are alive is a miracle which you can and should thank and praise the Lord for.

Yesterday, you were counted among the living which witnessed and celebrated Christmas. Even if you did not eat any special meal nor drank a bottle of soft drink, you are still blessed.

Many years ago in our church, there was a young lady who never missed the opportunity to give a testimony at church. Funnily, her testimony was the same each time she picked the microphone. This was her testimony:

Yesterday, I went to bed in the night and slept. This morning, I woke up. I want to thank the Lord.

If the dead could speak, they would tell you how they wished they were still alive.

If you have been healed of headache, that is worth thanking and praising God for.

If you passed your examinations, that is an experience the world should hear about.

If you have a job that gives you some salary, thank God you are not a member of Unemployed Graduates Association.

If you have a husband, thank God you are not one of those people quack prophets are deceiving every week and making them poorer by taking away from them the small monies they have in the name of “sowing a seed for a husband”.

The list can go on endlessly. You and I have so much to thank and praise God for.

I will go into Mary’s song tomorrow but let me leave you with the opening words:

“My soul exalts (magnifies) the Lord, And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Saviour.

Will you allow your soul and your spirit to reach out to the Lord in joyful thanks and praise. For indeed, the Lord has done great things for you.

Surely and certainly, …

Your best is yet to come.
Teacher eTse Amable /

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