Christmas is almost here; a time that we remember the birth of Jesus in celebration. The gospels tell us how it all happened, an angel appeared to a virgin girl Mary, pledged to be married to Joseph. She was informed that she will conceive and give birth to Jesus. Mary then goes to visit her relative and friend Elizabeth, who had also conceived miraculously.
It is in Elizabeth’s house that we get to hear Mary’s song. What strikes me is that in her song, she does not praise herself. She does not glorify herself. You know, I would do several verses about how I am the chosen one, how I was handpicked because of my faithfulness and righteousness, how my fan page is just about to explode! I would maybe write a book on six steps towards being handpicked by God and visited by Gabriel Himself!
Mary praises the Lord. She uses words like: “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,…” “He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.” (Luke 1:46-55) She makes it about God, attributing the miracle to God. She considered it an honour for God to use her to fulfill a promise He made to her ancestors. Remember, she was a virgin girl, not yet married to Joseph. This news probably interfered with her life plan. But she set aside her own desires for God’s will to be done. She obeyed joyfully and chose to Praise God.
Today I pray for such a song, that when God uses us as vessels for His purpose, we shall sing for Him, glorifying His Name. We shall not make it about us. In the songs we sing, it shall be clear to the world that we are not looking for praises, but giving praise to the Lord. That we shall see the bigger picture and understand that it is a privilege to be used by God.