NO WORDS CAN TELL
Luke 1:46-47 And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
Believers from every season have encountered some of these strange experiences that give rise to faith. As we listen to Mary’s song of joy we can hear the voice of her forefather David as he sang and danced before The Lord. Like David, Miriam and others before her: Mary would not stop this song of joy. As the people sneered and whispered rumors about her unusual pregnancy she rejoiced in The Lord. He had done great things for her, how could she remain silent. That’s how it is with all of those who have drunk from His cup of grace, they find themselves caught in the fervor of his divine love unaffected by the onlookers peering from the shadows of life. Here is an excerpt fro Luther’s book on the Magnificat.
“These words express the strong ardor and exuberant joy with which all her mind and life are inwardly exalted in the Spirit. Therefore she does not say “I exalt The Lord” but, ” My soul doth exalt Him.” It is as if she said: “My life and all my senses float in the love and praise of God and in lofty pleasures, so that I am no longer mistress of myself; I am exalted, more than I exalt myself, to praise The Lord.” This is the experience of all those who are saturated with the divine sweetness and Spirit: they cannot find words to utter what they feel. For to praise The Lord with gladness is not a work of man; it is rather a joyful suffering and the work of God alone. It cannot be taught in words but must be learned in one’s on experience. Even as David says in Psalms 34:8, “Oh taste and see that The Lord is good”. He puts tasting before seeing because this sweetness cannot be known unless one has experienced and felt it for himself; and no one can attain to such an experience unless he trusts in God with his whole heart when he is in the depths and in sore straits. Therefore David makes haste to add, “Blessed is the man that trusts in God.” Such a person will experience the work of God within himself and will thus attain to His sensible sweetness and through it to all knowledge and understanding.”
Luther’s description of Mary sounds strangely familiar. It sounds like the testimony of Sarah Edwards who was said to walk in the fields communing with the Unseen Stranger. Sarah also said that she felt like a dust mote caught up in the beams of the sun and could hardly keep herself from leaping for joy as she lay on her bed at night. Mary’s experience was precious and maybe rare but others have tasted the same sweetness. While the world revels in their parties and their alcoholic exploits we can rejoice in God our Savior. As we celebrate another Christmas let’s join with Mary and let our souls magnify The Lord and rejoice in God our Savior.