Luke 1:46, 47 ¶ And Mary said,
“My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
As Mary begins to sing her famous song, ‘The Magnificat’, if you listen carefully you can feel the joy pouring out of her. It’s as if every bone in her body is rejoicing; rather than trying to pent it up, she breaks out into this powerful prophetic song. Mary has just a glimpse of what actually is happening in her body and the greatness of her Son, but her spirit knows that something greater than she can fathom has just begun. How can you shut down such a surge of God’s joy and revelation? Why should you? Mary was a picture of the coming New Testament church. The joy she tasted as she carried Christ in her womb shadows the joy we have today as we carry Christ in our heart. Why should we quench that flow of joy? Here are some comments from Martin Luther on this great song.
“These words express the strong ardor and exuberant joy with which all her mind and life are inwardly exalted in the Spirit. Therefore she does not say, “I exalt the Lord”, but, “My soul doth exalt Him.” It is as if she said: “My life and all my senses float in the love and praise of God and in lofty pleasures, so that I am no longer mistress of myself; I am exalted, more than I exalt myself, to Praise the Lord.” This is the experience of those who are saturated with the divine sweetness and Spirit; They cannot find words to utter what they feel. For to praise the Lord is not a work of man; it is rather a joyful suffering and the work of God alone. It cannot be taught in words but must be learned in one’s own experience. Even as David says in Psalm 34:8: “Oh taste and see that the Lord is sweet; blessed is the man that trusts in Him.” He puts tasting before seeing, because this sweetness cannot be known unless own has experienced and felt it for himself; and no one can attain to such experience unless he trusts in God with his whole heart when he is in the depths and in sore straits.”
As Luther said, ‘ this is the experience of those who are saturated with the divine sweetness and Spirit’. Just as Mary anticipated the birth of her Son with joy, we anticipate the coming joys of His Christmas visitations and His soon return for His church.