He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, according to the promise he made to our ancestors, to Abraham and to his descendants for ever.’
Devotion by Lynne Buell
These verses are part of Mary’s Song which was her response to Elizabeth’s overwhelming experience of being filled with the Holy Spirit when the baby in her own womb reacted to Mary’s greeting during Mary’s visit to Zachariah’s house.
At the beginning of the song, which is not a part of my devotion, Mary celebrates the blessing she received from God. She begins to understand the role her child will play for the future of mankind and God’s desire to fulfill the promises that were once made to Abraham and his descendants. As you can see, these verses are in past tense. Mary’s use of the past tense demonstrates her confidence that God’s promise is true. I believe Mary is emphasizing the importance of hope, especially to the lowly and deprived individuals. This is good news! But it must be shared with all, and in order to achieve this task, it would begin with the birth of her son--the baby Jesus.
We have the tendency to forget this truth. Our community is well fed, and we live comfortable contented lives. While we help those in need in our own way, there is much more work that must be done. I hope that you, too, remembered that God’s love for us is the real truth after reading these verses; we should not forget what God expects us to do, and it was Jesus who would teach us how to spread the Word.
Loving God, thank you for this reminder of Your Truth. Thank you for your love and the many blessings you have presented in my life. Amen.