My Soul Magnifies

There may be tons of books you hear you should read, and forgive me for adding to the list, but do you want to know the best book you may have no idea you need?  It’s called The Prayer That Changes Everything: The Hidden Power of Praising God by Stormie Omartian.  It’s amazing.  I referenced it a few weeks ago here, but it’s a must read.

I’m learning so much about our need to praise God, no matter what our circumstances may look like.  I don’t know about you, but I’ve found there is unexplainable joy, peace, and freedom to be found when we’re simply worshiping God because He is worthy and He deserves it.  When we worship God, He is near.  Praise brings the presence of God.

Psalm 22:3 says, “But you are holy, enthroned in the PRAISES of Israel.”

Which brings me back to Mary.  You know what I love about her?  I LOVE her song of praise widely known as the Magnificat, which is translated as “My Soul Magnifies.”  

Right after Elizabeth joyfully declares, “Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”  Rather than tooting her own horn and replying, “I know, right?  Aren’t I just the most faithful woman you’ve ever seen?  No wonder God picked me!”  Mary begins to praise.

    “Oh, how my soul praises the Lord.
    How my spirit rejoices in God my Savior!
 For he took notice of his lowly servant girl,
      and from now on all generations will call me blessed.
 For the Mighty One is holy,
      and he has done great things for me.
 He shows mercy from generation to generation
      to all who fear him.
 His mighty arm has done tremendous things!”
Luke 1:46-51 (NLT)
Isn’t that beautiful?  There are so many wonderful translations, but I love the NLT’s verseion, “Oh, how my soul praises the Lord…”
Throughout the year, a song that I adore and reminds me of Mary’s song is called Exceeding Joy from the Hillsong album Hope.  The lyrics and YouTube clip are below. (E-mail friends, click here)

I have found exceeding joy,
Jesus answered when I called
this Name that has saved me,
pure love that embraced me.

Mercy, grace, eternal life.
Bought from darkness to His light.
While lost in my sin, He
raised me and made me live.

My soul magnifies the Lord,
my heart joys in God my Savior,
for He lifts the lowly,
He’s done great things for me.
I will sing, praising evermore,
He is mighty and Holy is His Name.

I will lift my head up high,
praising Jesus through each trial.
Though I have not seen Him,
I love Him completely.