A Mighty and Merciful God
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A Mighty and Merciful God

Luke 1:46-56  (ID: 2547)

The Magnificat is Mary’s song of praise after she was told that she would bear the Savior. Unlike many songs, though, it’s neither ethereal nor spiritual, but unsentimental and challenging, comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable. Alistair Begg reminds us that the proud let their achievements—even their achievements for God—block them from His presence. In contrast, God shows His mercy to those who know they need Him above all else.


Mary's Song of Praise: The Magnificat

46And Mary said,

“My soul magnifies the Lord,

47and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,

48for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.

For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed;

49for he who is mighty has done great things for me,

and holy is his name.

50And his mercy is for those who fear him

from generation to generation.

51He has shown strength with his arm;

he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts;

52he has brought down the mighty from their thrones

and exalted those of humble estate;

53he has filled the hungry with good things,

and the rich he has sent away empty.

54He has helped his servant Israel,

in remembrance of his mercy,

55as he spoke to our fathers,

to Abraham and to his offspring forever.”

56And Mary remained with her about three months and returned to her home.

Copyright © 2020, Alistair Begg. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Scripture taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Text provided by the Crossway Bibles Web Service.

Alistair Begg
Alistair Begg is Senior Pastor at Parkside Church in Cleveland, Ohio, and the Bible teacher on Truth For Life, which is heard on the radio and online around the world.