READ: Jeremiah 33:12-16; Luke 1:46-56
- Jeremiah’s promise has to do with the throne of David. There would be a day, he says, when God would reestablish the throne of David. From that point on, there would always be a king on David’s throne. When Mary (Jesus’ mother) visited Elizabeth, she broke into song (often called “The Magnificat”). In her exuberance, she expressed the joy and the hope found in God’s faithfulness.
- Her current circumstances were anything but hopeful and pleasant. She was an unmarried teen in a small town in Israel. She would have been looked at and laughed at. She could have been put out of the village or stoned. But, in the midst of what might cause others despair, she chooses to sing.
- Mary sees the bigger picture. Even though her life is currently stressful and hard, she sees that God has something greater in mind. Mary could not know all that God had planned, but she could know the nature of God. She knows that God is good. She knows that God never does anything to harm. She knows that God wants the best for her and for His people. In light of all that she knows, she sings in confidence. She sings in hope.
- Why is it so remarkable that Mary is singing under her circumstances?
- How might we develop the ability to sing when all life seems to produce is tears and fears instead?
- How do you help others find the ability to sing in the midst of pain?
PRAY: Thank God for His basic nature. Pray for confidence to trust Him. Ask God to give you a song no matter your circumstances.