Mary Worshipped God

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Luke 1:46-55 (KJV) And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, 47 And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior. 48 For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. 49 For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name. 50 And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation. 51 He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. 52 He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree. 53 He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away. 54 He hath holpen his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy; 55 As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever.

Pastor Mark Driscoll once observed that there are two ways to live your life.

  • The first and most common way – the way most people live – is to start with your life and your experiences and project that on God. When things are good and life is easy then God – if you think about Him at all – is good and kind. God loves me, and cares for me. But then life takes a turn for the worse and you begin to wonder …

Is there really a God?
Does this God – if there is a God – care for me?

When you start with yourself and with your experiences you become a slave to your emotions and suffering. You project the negatives of life toward God, and when you need Him the most you run from Him.

  • The second and better way to live your life is to trust God, to believe His promises, and to cling to Him no matter what might come your way. The Bible tells us that God made the world good, but that we corrupted the world by making ourselves the center of it. We have ourselves brought sin and suffering into the world, but God loves us and wants to bless us. The Prophet Jeremiah said:

Jeremiah 17:5-8 (NKJV) … “Cursed is the man who trusts in man And makes flesh his strength, Whose heart departs from the Lord. 6 For he shall be like a shrub in the desert, And shall not see when good comes, But shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, In a salt land which is not inhabited. 7 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, And whose hope is the Lord. 8 For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, Which spreads out its roots by the river, And will not fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, And will not be anxious in the year of drought, Nor will cease from yielding fruit.”

The life dependent upon God is the life blessed by God. The life dependent on self, or on human strength, is a life enslaved to the world. Throughout the Scriptures God gives us glimpses at people who have lived following God and blessing, and those who follow self and cursing.

Today we’re going to look at the life of Mary.

Last week the Angel Gabriel came to Mary and told her something astounding. Over 700 years before Mary was born God promised that the Messiah would come to this earth in a miraculous way. Isaiah wrote:

Isaiah 7:14 (NKJV) … Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.

Israel waited for this promise to be fulfilled. Year after year Israel looked, but the Messiah did not come. The Apostle Paul said:

Galatians 4:4-5 (NKJV) … when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.

Gabriel came to Mary and told her that she was the virgin of Isaiah 7:14. It was through Mary that Messiah would come. The Holy Spirit would come on Mary, and she would be the vessel by which God would become man.

Now Mary Had Reason To Worry

Now when we read these words we have a natural tendency to impose today’s standards on yesterday. We think “What a great honor was bestowed on Mary”! But this was ancient Israel. The Law of Moses was in force. Single mothers were rare. We live in a time where the sexual revolution has normalized behavior which was not normal in Mary’s day.

People were killed for sexual indiscretion in Mary’s day.

Mary was engaged to be married to Joseph. How would he take this? Would Joseph end the engagement publicly, risking her life.

And what of her friends and family. When she began to show the baby, would she be ostracized, cast out?

Mary had a lot that she could have worried about. But instead she told Gabriel:

Luke 1:38-39 (KJV) …. Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.  [39]  And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Juda;

Mary didn’t let worry consume her. She gave herself willingly to the Lord. But she also did something else …

Mary ran to be with her cousin Elisabeth. Elisabeth was pregnant, though she was well past child bearing years. Elisabeth was carrying the future John the Baptist. People who trust the Lord come together to share our faith and to worship our Lord. Mary was going through a God sent pregnancy, and Elisabeth was also being blessing in a similar way. When Mary got to Elisabeth’s home we read:

Luke 1:41-45 (KJV)  And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost:  [42]  And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.  [43]  And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?  [44]  For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.  [45]  And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.

When God’s people are focused on loving the Lord then worship happens. When worship happens, faith is affirmed. Elisabeth and Mary came together to serve the Lord, and worship spilled out.

But Mary Chose To Worship Rather Than Worry

Illustrate God saves us so that we can worship Him. I saw a cute cartoon the other day. Two characters were talking to one another. The first said “I just gave money to a Church”. His friend replied “Good for you. Why did you do that?”

So that one day I automatically get into Heaven and avoid the fiery furnace of hell.

His friend said “A donation to a Church doesn’t guarantee that.”

to which he replied “Would it be wrong to steal it back from the collection plate?”

His friend said “Yes. Robbing God’s house is frowned upon.”

God made us in His image and in His likeness, and calls us to come to Him for salvation. Saved we worship Him. We trust Him, we love Him Who first loved us. Worship brings balance to our lives. Worship causes us to focus on God in the midst of what is going on in our lives.

Let’s Look At Mary’s Worship

Luke 1:46 (KJV) And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the LORD

Mary starts by magnifying or glorifying “The Lord”. God is “Lord” to her. He is in control of all things. Mary has so many things she could be worrying about, but instead she is letting God be the Sovereign King of her life.

God is Lord of all. He is in charge. He controls everything (Ephesians 1:11 NKJV) “according to the counsel of His will”. Arthur W. Pink wrote:

“What do we mean by [the sovereignty of God]? We mean the supremacy of God, the kingship of God, the god-hood of God. To say that God is Sovereign is to declare that God is God. To say that God is Sovereign is to declare that He is the Most High, doing according to His will in the army of Heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth, so that none can stay His hand or say unto Him what doest Thou? (Dan. 4:35). To say that God is Sovereign is to declare that He is the Almighty, the Possessor of all power in Heaven and earth, so that none can defeat His counsels, thwart His purpose, or resist His will (Psa. 115:3). To say that God is Sovereign is to declare that He is “The Governor among the nations” (Psa. 22:28), setting up kingdoms, overthrowing empires, and determining the course of dynasties as pleaseth Him best. To say that God is Sovereign is to declare that He is the “Only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords” (1 Tim. 6:15). Such is the God of the Bible.” A. W. Pink, The Sovereignty of God, chapter 1.”

Fatalism gives the end result over to some unnamed power called “Fate”, but the Christ Follower turns her life over to our Loving and All Powerful God. God is able!

Luke 1:47 (KJV) … And my spirit hath rejoiced in GOD MY SAVIOR.

To Mary, God is her SAVIOR. God means no harm to His Children by faith. It is His will to do what is best for us. Mary is a sinner, and the Apostle Paul was the greatest of sinners, for he wrote:

1 Timothy 1:15 (NKJV) This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief.

It doesn’t matter how big a sinner you think you are – God is a greater Savior. He saves whosoever will come unto God by Him, seeing He ever lives to make intercession for them. God would protect Mary, for God was Mary’s Savior.

Luke 1:48 (KJV) For {God} hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden:

God knows everything we are going through. Jesus told us:

Matthew 10:29-31 (ESV) Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. 30 But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.

Matthew 6:8 (ESV)… your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

The God Who called Mary to bear the Messiah knows what she needs. He watches her life, just as He watches our lives. We may not understand why some things happen as they do, but we can rest in the knowledge that God is watching, God is monitoring, and God will make it all work out for our best.

Luke 1:49 (KJV) For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name.

God is mighty, and none can stop His purposes. But in His might God is BOTH personal as well as holy. Mary said that her Mighty God …

hath done TO ME great things

Our God is a PERSONAL GOD. He speaks to US in prayer. He talks to US through His Word and His Spirit. God calls each and every person to a personal relationship with Him. And

HOLY is His Name

God is not good and bad, wicked and righteous. God is HOLY in everything He does. Some people get power then run over everyone with that power. Some people frighten me. I have had people approach me to become a Deacon or a Minister in the Church that, when I talk to them, the hair raises up on the back of my neck. Power is dangerous in the hands of some people. But not with God. God is both MIGHTY and HOLY. What He does is always right, for He cannot be unrighteous.

Luke 1:50-51 (KJV) And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation. 51 He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

God is MERCIFUL, and bestows mercy on those who “fear Him”. The prideful person need not think they shall be blessed of God. The Bible says:

James 4:6 (ESV) But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”

God intervenes PERSONALLY for those who “fear Him”. Mary said “He hath showed strength with HIS ARM”. God gets involved. He tackles the bully. He defeats the foe. There is nothing God cannot do, if we put our trust in Him. God blesses those who trust in Him. But He hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. The prideful put their trust in an illusion, in idols, in idiocy. And God scatters such foolishness.

Luke 1:52-53 (KJV) He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree. 53 He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away.

Someone once said that

God comforts the distressed, and distresses the comfortable

Those who think they are “mighty” in themselves in time are torn down by God. Those who are hungry God fills with good things, but those who are self sufficient – the rich – God sends away empty. This reminds me of Jesus’ sermon on the mount, where He preached:

Matthew 5:3-12 (ESV) “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. 5 “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. 6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. 7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. 8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. 9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. 10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

Blessings come to those who come to God with empty hands.

Luke 1:54-55 (KJV) He hath holpen his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy; 55 As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever.

And God never forgets His promises. God promised Adam a Messiah. God promised Abraham a Messiah. God promised David a Messiah. God promised Israel a Messiah.

And God did what He promised. God always does what He promises. So let’s worship Him. Let’s praise Him. Let’s bring our lives to Him and seek His strength rather than worry. Jesus told us that:

Luke 15:10 (NKJV) Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

I have heard it said that the angels rejoice when a sinner repents. That’s not what the text says. It says “joy in the PRESENCE of the Angels of God”. Who is in the PRESENCE of the Angels? The Saints who have gone before – and God Himself. God rejoices when a sinner repents and comes to Him for salvation. Will you come to Him?

May God touch your hearts with His Word.

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A searching pastor, I am looking for a people who love the Lord and love one another. I am looking for the Church. Most of what I see today is not the Church, but clubs, where members sit in padded pews and drink deeply of self. I am looking for a people willing to be righteous not self righteous, serving not served, In short, I am looking and praying for a people who want to change the world by willingly and willfully following Jesus Christ. I hope I find this people before it's too late.
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