Luke 1:46-55 (NRSV)
And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant.
Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
for the Mighty One has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
His mercy is for those who fear him
from generation to generation.
He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts.
He has brought down the powerful from their thrones,
and lifted up the lowly;
he has filled the hungry with good things,
and sent the rich away empty.
He has helped his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy,
according to the promise he made to our ancestors,
to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”
Psalm 1 (NRSV)
Happy are those
who do not follow the advice of the wicked,
or take the path that sinners tread,
or sit in the seat of scoffers;
but their delight is in the law of the Lord,
and on his law they meditate day and night.
They are like trees
planted by streams of water,
which yield their fruit in its season,
and their leaves do not wither.
In all that they do, they prosper.
Luke 1:46-55 is Mary’s song about being pregnant and thinking about what the promise of God through her will be. In this song, Mary relates her pregnancy to giving things up by not focusing on herself, but instead thinking about what Jesus is going to do and be for the world. This applies to real life because you don’t expect Mary to be pregnant, so it shows that you have to take on the things that you don’t expect, work through them and find God’s purpose and joy in the unexpected. Sometimes that is something we need to do ourselves. Sometimes it is something we do with our church.
The first three verses of Psalm 1 talk about the wicked who might have good things now but they don’t last and aren’t what truly matter. The way of the Lord is delight because that means you are close to Jesus and he can help you with any mentality. For example, say you feel really bad about something, the Lord can help you find closure; like if you did something bad, the Lord can forgive you and help you make it better. Then you can do those things for others.
The simile in Psalm 1 says people are like trees planted by water, which means that God has put them right next to everything they need. A tree will get everything it needs right by being there. A person needs to see that they will be able to find everything they need and reach out for it, like a tree reaching out its root.
Dear Jesus, help us reach through the troubles of trying to give up something and take on something that brings life. Help us to see that we have everything we need because we are right by You. In Jesus name, Amen.
Acadia, Tommy, and Anabel Sharp