One of the reasons the friendship of Mary and Elizabeth was so rich was because each of their hearts was overflowing with the love and truth of their Lord. Mary knew the psalms, for they are woven through her Magnificat, her joyful response to Elizabeth’s prophecy. We can learn from Mary by allowing the psalms to be the wind under our wings, the fresh blowing of His Spirit that will lift us and take us to heights we had not known before. This week we will meditate on her words, look at the psalms that inspired them, and then attempt to make them our own.
I promise you it will enrich your prayer life. Why not take a question a day, and use it to start off your quiet time in prayer? I’ll join in.
1. In Luke 1:46-48, Mary glorifies the Lord for “being mindful of the humble state of his servant.” This truth is drawn from two psalms. First, meditate on Psalm 8:1-4. Then make it your own.
2. Mary is also overwhelmed that such a great God would be aware of someone so lowly. Meditate on Psalm 138:6 and then make it your own in prayer.
3. In Luke 1:48-49, Mary is remembering God’s promise to bring a Messiah, realizing she is the one to birth him, and praising Him for His holiness. Several psalms carry these truths, but one is Psalm 111:9. Mediate on it and make it your own.
4. In Luke 1:50 Mary reflects on God’s promise that His mercy will extend to those who fear him, and, from generation to generation. Meditate on Psalm 103:17 and make it your own.
5. Mary is remembering God’s faithfulness in the psast in Luke 1:51-55. Many psalms reflect on God’s faithfulness in the past. One is Psalm 107 and another is Psalm 78. Read one of these psalms until a verse “quickens” you and then make it your own.
6. Share your reflections on how this impacted your prayer life and thought life this week.