Luke 1:46 (New International Version)
My soul glorifies the Lord
Mary says her soul glorifies the Lord. Literally, magnifies or expands the Lord. How can a human enlarge the Lord? How can we make God greater than he already is?
Perhaps the problem is not so much how great God is, but how small our appreciation of him is. You may have heard the phrase “your God is too small”. Perhaps God appears small as he appears to be so far away from us – like a distant galaxy or even a supernova that, while overwhelming in itself, is just a pinprick in our firmament. Only through a powerful telescope can the true nature of the distant glow be discerned.
Mary’s song delineates the nature of God and brings it all nearer and into focus. God is mighty, and has done great things. He turns expectations upside down, disturbing the comfortable and comforting the disturbed. He has not forgotten his promise of blessing to Abraham and his family (Genesis 12:1-3).
Of course, God is not far away, but has, in fact, dwelt among us. He came as close to us as can be. This is what Christmas celebrates. This is the melody of Mary’s song.