In Mary’s song, she begins by acknowledging who God is. Often, when we pray or even when we sing worship songs, we start by acknowledging who we are and how we feel. It’s easy to ask God for things and bring our feelings to him, and then forget to focus on who he is. Mary teaches us that prayer begins by praising God and rejoicing in who he is. Mary acknowledges her humble state before God, but then continues on to share about who God is and what he has done.
How often do we sing songs, pray prayers, or talk to our community about who God is and what he has done? We get so focused on ourselves and how God relates to us specifically that we forget to worship him and praise his works. It’s easy to forget who he is, but if we spend time consistently reminding ourselves of who he is, we will be in the habit of praising him even in the midst of suffering.
We can assume that Mary’s pregnancy wasn’t a blissful experience. She went on to be publicly shamed and outcasted, most likely by some of her own family and friends. But since Mary turned her focus immediately to praise God for who he is, what he was doing, and what he has already done, her focus was in the right place to face even the worst kind of opposition. What the church would look like if we started each day with the same posture toward God?
Reflection/Discussion Question: Reflect on who God is and what he has done: Who is God and what has he done in your midst?