The Lord Be With You Today!

Luke 1:46-56
And Mary said
(After the angel had announced to Mary
that she would give birth to the Son of God,
she went to visit her older relative Elizabeth
who was miraculously six months pregnant with John the Baptist.
When Elizabeth saw Mary, she hailed her as the “mother of my Lord.”
Upon this reassurance from Elizabeth
that the angel’s pronouncement to Mary had been true,
Mary expresses this song of praise and worship.)

“My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
(Like Mary, during this blessed Christmas season,
let us, too, pause and give praise to our God and rejoice in His goodness.
He is Savior in our lives today in the fullest sense of the word.)

for He has been mindful of the humble state of His servant.
(The Lord is attentive to our lowly condition
and knows our deepest places of need today.
He remembers that we are dust and that we need Him in all ways.
Like Mary, we may be a "nobody" in the eyes of the world,
but He regards our lowly estate and He actually chooses us.)

From now on all generations will call me blessed,
for the Mighty One has done great things for me—holy is His Name.
(He has done great things for us as well, mighty things beyond comprehension.
No matter what we are going through today,
God’s mighty blessings and provisions for us outweigh everything else.
His salvation and redemption are treasures and blessings beyond price.)

His mercy extends to those who fear Him, from generation to generation.
(The fear, respect, and awe of the Lord are the beginning of wisdom
and help us be aware of His mercies that cover and shelter us.)

He has performed mighty deeds with His arm;
(His power and might have saved us time and time again,
and He is our strong right arm even today.
Even when it is not apparent to us that God is at work,
He is always causing all things to work together
for the good of those who love Him.)

He has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
(He draws near to the humble and to those who recognize their need of Him.
When we try to maintain and exert our own control over events and people,
we block what the Lord is trying to do in us and through us.)

He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble.
(God sets up kings and He deposes them.
He places us where we are and makes us what we are.
When we humble ourselves before the Lord, He uses us for His purposes.)

He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty.
(When we come to Him hungering and thirsting after righteousness and His presence,
He fills us to overflowing, lavishing on us His love and provision.
We need to guard against thinking that the rich resources The Lord has given us
are the result of our own efforts and abilities.
We will remain empty and searching as long as we think and act
as if we can provide for ourselves, as long as we regard ourselves
as self-sufficient, not needing the Lord’s provision.
What He has lovingly placed at our disposal is His Own rich supply.)

He has helped His servant Israel,
remembering to be merciful to Abraham and his descendants forever,
even as He said to our fathers.”
(From ancient times, He has shown Himself strong
on behalf of His chosen people, who we are.
He has kept His covenant promise to us whom He has chosen from the beginning,
whom He chose to carry His seed and His message to the world.
Today, He lovingly provides for and watches over us
as we walk in all the purposes for which He has called us!)

May the Lord richly bless you this day!

In Christ's love,


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