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Mary’s song, advent wonders – 3 – ‘how’ – how they, we, sing

8 Dec

Mary sings her song, our Magnificat, immediately after hearing Elisabeth’s ‘loud voice,’


At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her! “

Six months with child, a much older woman has her distant teen/age relative come to her, and then both speak, both sing. Luke tells us that Elisabeth’s voice was ‘exclaiming’, – ‘loud’ – Zechariah, Elisabeth’s silent priest husband, must have her her. And I silence he had to also her Mary’s response, our song,

And Mary said:

“My soul glorifies the Lord
47     and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour,
48 for he has been mindful
    of the humble state of his servant.

( just as Mary ponders the Angel Gabriel’s visit and words, God is mindful of her, and therefore us )

From now on all generations will call me blessed, 
49     for the Mighty One has done great things for me—
    holy is his name. 

( Holy. Zechariah will only have his speech returned after he writes ‘John’  when asked to what his new born d

Child’s name is to be. The neighbours would not listen to Elisabeth when she first said ‘his name is John.’ But they will listen to a silent priest. Why? Names given, bestowed, gifted into us are holy. Zechariah and Elisabeth in belief will name John. Then a priest will, in obedient faith, speak, sign again, And Mary will name her son Jesus. Then, Holy will be his name, and holy will be our coming new names, the hidden manna, written for eternally on white stones. Revelation 2: 17 )

50 His mercy extends to those who fear him from generation to generation.

51 He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;
he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
52 He has brought down rulers from their thrones
but has lifted up the humble.

( As we will lift him – with our praise songs and prayers; with our eyes open and closed in prayers. Mindful of Jesus; He is always hearing us as sing. We are his angels, his song. )

53 He has filled the hungry with good things
but has sent the rich away empty.
54 He has helped his servant Israel,
remembering to be merciful
55 to Abraham and his descendants forever,
just as he promised our ancestors.”

( And as he promises for us. ) And, 

Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned home.

Mary leaves before John’s birth. Her song, though, echoes, resounds through peoples, years, through hearts.

She still sings.

questioning Jesus, Mark 14, ‘“Where is their God?” Psalm 115:2a

9 Sep

26 ‘When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.

What hymn would they have sung on this night of darkness and betrayal? What song would have been the last sung by our Savior prior to his arrest, torture, and crucifixion?

In the Jewish tradition, the “Passover Psalms” were sung during and after the meal. These were Psalms 113-118. Typically, Psalms 113-114 were sung during the meal and Psalms 115-118 were sung at the close of the meal. In Greek, the word “hymn” isn’t limited to the singular, which makes it likely that Jesus and his disciples followed tradition and together sang Psalms 115-118.

This is, these are, the one song they, Jesus and his disciples, all sang together. Consider these verses,

115:9,11 – O Israel, trust the Lord!
He is your helper and your shield.
All you who fear the Lord, trust the Lord!
He is your helper and your shield.

Psalm 116:1-8 – I love the Lord because he hears my voice
and my prayer for mercy.
Because he bends down to listen,
I will pray as long as I have breath!
Death wrapped its ropes around me;
the terrors of the grave overtook me.
I saw only trouble and sorrow.
Then I called on the name of the Lord:
“Please, Lord, save me!”
How kind the Lord is! How good he is!
So merciful, this God of ours!
The Lord protects those of childlike faith;
I was facing death, and he saved me.
Let my soul be at rest again,
for the Lord has been good to me.

He has saved me from death,
my eyes from tears,
my feet from stumbling.

Psalm 118:1 – Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good!
His faithful love endures forever.

Psalm 118:5-7 – In my distress I prayed to the Lord,
and the Lord answered me and set me free.
The Lord is for me, so I will have no fear.
What can mere people do to me?
Yes, the Lord is for me; he will help me.
I will look in triumph at those who hate me.

Psalm 118:13-14 – My enemies did their best to kill me,
but the Lord rescued me.
The Lord is my strength and my song;
he has given me victory.

Psalm 118:22-26 – The stone that the builders rejected
has now become the cornerstone.
This is the Lord’s doing,
and it is wonderful to see.
This is the day the Lord has made.
We will rejoice and be glad in it.
Please, Lord, please save us.
Please, Lord, please give us success.
Bless the one who comes in the name of the Lord.
We bless you from the house of the Lord.

Their song? These Psalms. The house of the Lord? Where they ate, spoke, broke bread and washed together.

And now where they are walking to: the garden at the foot of the Mount of Olives.

Where? He is travelling to us; our hearts. He sings. So do I.

Sing.