My soul doth magnify the Lord The

Luke 1:26-33, 35, 38-40, 46-55

The birth of the forerunner being near, it was now time for the Lord himself to be spoken of.

Luke 1:26-33, 35, 38-40, 46-55

The person chosen to be the mother of the Lord Jesus was a lowly maid, but she was also a godly woman of no mean ability of mind, for her song is written in the highest style of poetry. To the humble and devout the visitations of the Holy Spirit are granted. The manner in which the angel saluted Mary was highly honourable to her, but affords no ground for the superstitious reverence of the Papists, for “he saluted her as a saint, and did not pray to her as a goddess.” Mary confessed herself a sinner needing salvation, for she rejoiced in God her Saviour; it never entered into her mind to claim the homage of mankind.

It is a great blessing that in answer to earnest prayer the Holy Spirit will come into our hearts, and make us sing as joyfully as Mary did. Christ will dwell in our hearts by faith, and we shall be numbered with those favoured ones of whom Jesus said, “The same is my brother, and sister, and mother.”


My soul doth magnify the Lord,

My spirit doth rejoice;

To thee my Saviour and my God

I lift my joyful voice.


Down from above the blessèd dove

Is come into my breast,

To witness thine eternal love,

And give my spirit rest.


Hark, the glad sound, the Saviour comes,

The Saviour promised long!

Let every heart prepare a throne,

And every voice a song.


Our glad hosannas, Prince of Peace,

Thy welcome shall proclaim;

And heaven’s eternal arches ring

With thy beloved name.


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