The First Christmas Carol
By Lynn Mosher
What is one of the best elements about Christmas, aside from the obvious of Jesusâ birth? The presents? The tree? The food? Nope! For me, itâs the music!
I love all the Christmas music. So many wonderful carols have been written over the years. Do you know which one is truly the original?
Itâs the Song of Mary, which is called the Magnificat and it is found in Luke 1:46-55.
Maryâs song starts out with these beautiful words in verse 46, âMy soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.â
I donât think we fully understand what magnifying the Lord means. The Old and New Testament words mean essentially the same: to grow, to make great, powerful, or important, promote, praise, increase or enlarge, esteem highly, lift up, exalt, extol, and so on.
The English dictionaries define âmagnifyâ as to increase in actual size, enlarge, exaggerate, amplify, intensify, to extol, praise, glorify, to make seem more important, and so on.
Did you catch those last three? Praise, glorify, to make seem more important.
As the result of our praising God, we enlarge His image and His power, intensifying them more than our circumstances. The disciple John said it most succinctly, âHe must increase, but I must decrease.â (John 3:30 NKJV)
I know there are things you praise God for – your family, your friends, your home, your job, but do you thank Him for the things you have that millions of people around the world do not have? Like your haircut, your toothpaste, your nice, hot shower, your mattress, your shoes, your make-up, your razor, your TV (which is questionable!), your car, your cell phone, your computer, your dishes, your washer and dryer, your dishwasher, your refrigerator or even the little bit of food you may have in it?
We are so much more fortunate and blessed than two-thirds of the world, and yet, we whine when our new shoes pinch our feet!
Paul commanded the Ephesians to sing spiritual songs and to make music to the Lord in their hearts. He knew how to do that despite his circumstances.
When the stream of joy dries up and disappears, do as Paul told the Philippians to do as he wrote from a Roman jail, saying, âRejoice in the Lord always. Again I say, rejoice!â (Phil. 4:4b NKJV)
From His feet, Lynn
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