Lk.1:47- 49- my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name.

Do you know the power and blessing of rejoicing in the Spirit? This is a privilege reserved only for the sons and daughters of the Lord. Mary tasted of this joy at least twice in her life. First it was when the Holy Spirit came upon her as a teenager and she conceived in her womb the Son of God. She found herself bubbling over with joy. She said, “my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.” Now that is a mouthful. She said her spirit was rejoicing in God her Savior. She called her own Son her Savior. Her second filling came shortly after the death of her Son. She was there on the Day of Pentecost and was filled with the intoxicating power of God’s love as she again began to rejoice in the Spirit. Here is how Luther described Mary’s joy.

“Therefore, to God alone belongs that sort of seeing that looks into the depths with their need and misery, and is nigh unto all that are in the depths; as St. Peter says, “God resisteth the proud, but to the humble he giveth grace.” And this is the source of men’s love and praise of God. For no one can praise God without first loving Him. No one can love Him unless He makes Himself known to him in the most lovable and intimate fashion. And He can make Himself known only through those works of His which He reveals in us, and which we feel and experience within ourselves. But where there is this experience, namely, that He is a God who looks into the depths and helps only the poor, despised, afflicted, miserable, forsaken, and those who are naught, there a hearty love for Him is born, the heart o’erflows with gladness, and goes leaping and dancing for the great pleasure it has found in God.”

In the midst of the heartbreak only known by a mother, Mary was filled with the joy of the Lord as she was filled with the Holy Spirit in the upper room. Today we too can be filled with the joy of the Lord. Look to Him, call upon His name, and drink of His Spirit. You will begin to sing with Mary, “my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.”

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