Sermon #9 Luke Sermons
Title: Mary’s Song
Text: Luke 1:46-56
Subject: Mary’s Song of Faith
Date: Sunday Evening –
Tape # V-39b
After Mary heard the good news of Christ's incarnation she went to visit her older, beloved cousin Elizabeth, who was six months pregnant with John the Baptist. When the two women met together, they talked of the marvellous things God had done for them and taught them. Both were full of faith and joy. They were mutually inspirational to one another.
What a blessing good companions are! They help each other in the way. Happy are those family meetings where Christ is the theme of thought and conversation! When we meet with our families and friends, let us pray that our time together may be both pleasant and profitable. We ought to always try to be spiritually helpful to those around us, to those who come under our influence.
We have before us, in this paragraph (Luke -56). MARY’S SONG – The song which Mary composed and sang when she and Elizabeth met one another. Before we look at the verses of the song, several things should be observed about Mary herself.
1. Her Remarkable Faith -- Here is a women who believed God's Word concerning a totally unprecedented matter, scientifically impossible, without any evidence to support her. Compare verses 35 and 45.
Gabriel said to Mary, "The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall
overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee
shall be called the Son of God."
-- Luke 1:35. And
2. Her Tremendous Familiarity with Holy Scripture -- As we read Mary's hymn, though she was but a young woman, we cannot help noticing that she had a ready grasp of the Old Testament Scriptures. She quotes the Psalms, refers to God's works of old, refers to his goodness to Leah, and repeats many of the words of Hannah's prayer (II Sam. 2).
us strive to become more and more fully and more and more experimentally
acquainted with Holy Scripture. "Let
the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing
one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your
hearts to the Lord." --
Such knowledge of the Bible can never be attained without regular and daily study. The benefits of such study will prove priceless. When she needed them most, Mary had a firm grasp of the promises of God in the Bible; and these strengthened her faith.
2. Her Deep Humility - "She who was chosen of God to the high honor of being Messiah's mother, speaks of her own `low estate,' and acknowledges her need of a Savior. She does not let fall a word to show that she regarded herself as a sinless, `immaculate' person. On the contrary, she uses the language of one who has been taught by the grace of God to feel her own sins, and so far from being able to save others, requires a Savior for her own soul." (J.C. Ryle).
3. Her Spirit of Thankfulness -- That which stands out in this hymn, perhaps above everything else, is the fact that Mary considered herself a debtor to mercy alone. Therefore she sought to magnify the Lord her God, from whom all mercy and grace springs.
5. Her Contentment with Christ -- Mary was a poor woman. We have no evidence that she ever ceased to be afflicted with poverty. When the Savior died, he committed his poor mother to the care of one of his disciples. Yet, Mary was perfectly content. Having Christ to be her Savior, she wanted no more. She says, "My spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior" (v. 47). In verse 56 we read that "Mary returned to her own house." Though she was blessed in the most extraordinary manner, she was content to go back to her modest home and become the wife of a simple carpenter. May God give us that blessed spirit of contentment, so that we can say with Paul, "I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need." -- Phil 4:11-12.
Now, I want us to look at this tremendous song of faith. Remember, everything spoken of in this song is spoken of as though it had already been accomplished, though, as yet, Christ had not even been born.
Proposition: All true praise arises from a heart of faith, humility, gratitude and love.
Divisions: As we look at the lines of this song, let me call your attention particularly to seven things for which Mary gives praise to God. Here are seven reasons to sing…
1. Being Her Savior (vv 46-47)
2. The Mysterious Incarnation of Christ (vv 31-35)
3. His Distinguishing Grace (v 48)
4. His Glorious Holiness (v 49)
5. The Great Things He Has Done (vv 49-53)
6. His Unfailing Help (v 54)
7. His Covenant Faithfulness (v 55).
I. First Mary gives praise to the Lord God, who was in her womb, for BEING HER SAVIOR.
If Christ is my Savior, I have reason to sing!
A. Mary spoke of her God with great reverence.
B. She claimed a personal interest in Christ.
C. She magnified her Lord.
· By Acknowledging Him as Her Lord
· By Ascribing Greatness to Him as God
· By Making Room in Her Soul for Him
NOTE: The word magnify here means to enlarge and make room for. Mary flung open the gates of her soul for the King of glory to come in!
D. She rejoiced in her Lord.
The word means "danced". Like her great grandfather David, Mary danced before the Lord.
II. Secondly, Mary's song of praise was inspired by THE ONDROUS MYSTERY OF CHRIST’S INCARNATION.
- 2 Corinthians 9:15
Mary sang this song because she believed the report of the angel Gabriel. – “And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.” -- Luke 1:30-35
Let sinners sing praise to God – IMMANUEL HAS COME!
- Matthew 1:21
III. Mary particularly gives praise to God for HIS PARTICULAR, DISTINGUISHING GRACE.
A. God chose her to be the mother of our Redeemer.
B. She was blessed of God in Christ.
C. She was blessed because Christ was in her by a supernatural work of grace and power by God the Holy Spirit.
D. She is called blessed because of God's goodness to her as the object of his grace.
We who are the objects of God’s special love and distinguishing grace have reason to sing his praise!
IV. Mary gives praise to the Lord God because of HIS GLORIOUS HOLINESS.
She declares, "Holy is his name” (v 49). That which caused Moses, Isaiah and Daniel to tremble caused Mary to rejoice, because she saw clearly that God in his holiness had provided a holy Sacrifice.
Holiness seen through the blood shed at Calvary is the most comforting and delightful thing in the world. Let this heart sing God’s praise. I have seen mercy and truth meet together. I have seen righteousness and peace kiss each other.
V. Then, fifthly, Mary offers praise to the Lord for THE GREAT THINGS HE HAS DONE.
A. In Providence
B. In The Incarnation
C. In Redemption
D. In The Experience of Grace
· God puts down the mighty.
· He exalts them of low degree.
· He fills the hungry with good things.
· The rich he sends away empty.
VI. Sixthly, Mary gives praise to the Lord God for HIS UNFAILING HELP.
The word "holpen" means to place one's hand under the fallen, prostrate one, and lift him to his feet.
A. God helps his elect.
B. He always remembers mercy to his own.
VII. Lastly, in verse 55, Mary gives praise to the Lord her God for HIS COVENANT FAITHFULNESS.
In Christ God has fulfilled his promises to the fathers, and particularly his promise to Abraham.
- The Woman's Seed (Gen. 3:15)
- The Lamb Provided (Gen. 22)
- The Blessings of Grace (Gal 3:13-16)
While God abideth faithful, I have reason to sing his praise.
Application: Let us each, from the depths of our hearts, join Mary in this song of praise to our great God and Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.
- -For Who He Is!
- -For All That He Has Done!
- -For His Distinguishing Grace (I Cor 1:26; II
- Cor. 4:7)
- -For His Great Faithfulness!