How much do we love Jesus? Do we express our profound appreciation for and marvel at His majesty, His grace, His grandeur, His beauty?
In Kermit Zarley’s Harmony, The Gospels Interwoven, he begins with John’s Gospel.
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”
Moving beyond John’s introduction to the account of Elizabeth and Mary, cousins who had been chosen by God to bear John the Baptist and Jesus, I am struck by the beauty of Mary’s song recorded in Luke 1:46-56.
“My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for He has been mindful of the state of His servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me- holy is His name. His mercy extends to those who fear Him, from generation to generation. He has performed mighty deeds with His arm; He scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts. He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble. He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty. He has helped His servant Israel, remembering to be merciful to Abraham and his descendants forever, even as he said to our fathers.”
Mary was amazed by Jesus. She was amazed by the honor of being chosen. She was amazed by God’s grand plan.
Today, Father, as I walk with you, I want my soul to glorify you. I want my spirit to rejoice in you. I want to recognize how you’ve been mindful of me, how you’ve blessed me. You are holy. You are mighty. You have done great things for me. Extend your mercy to me. I want to stay humble and hungry. You are a God who remembers. You keep your promises. I will trust you. I will obey you. I will love and honor you.
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