Mary said: "My soul magnifies the Lord, And my spirit has rejoiced in God
my Savior." (Luke 1:46-47)
is the spontaneous response of a grateful child of God in His presence. The
person who knows God and experiences Him intimately sings to the Lord with
deepest praise! Mary was overwhelmed by the Lord’s goodness to her. In response
she sang one of the most beautiful and profound songs of praise found in
Scripture. Trying to stop the praise of a thankful heart would be like trying
to arrest the flow of a mighty waterfall! God created us to praise Him; praise
will be our activity when we are gathered around His throne in heaven.
should never have difficulty thinking of reasons why God deserves your praise.
You should enjoy the times you have to praise your Lord, both privately and
publicly in worship. If your life is not filled with praise, it may be that you
have lost your appreciation for God’s merciful activity in your life. Never
forget what God has saved you from. Never take for granted what it means to
have the assurance of eternity with God. Do not disregard the spiritual kinship
you enjoy with other believers. Take time often to recount the blessings He has
poured out upon you and your family. As you contemplate the boundless love and
mercy God has shown you, you will want to sing His praises as Mary did.
Spontaneous praise is authentic praise. It does not have to be manipulated or
orchestrated. It is a real and personal expression of a grateful heart and
wonder-filled life that has encountered holy God!