An Advent Reading for Friday, December 8

Hymn 81, Tell Out, My Soul, the Greatness
(also known as The Magnificat)

And Mary said, “My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me—holy is his name. Luke 1:46-49

   In this hymn, the singer is called to contemplate the greatness of God. I urge you to take a moment to do the same. Praise Him for His unnumbered blessings, the wondrous deeds [he] has done. Meditate on the fact that God has visited you in your humble state to bring mercy, grace, and love.
   As the hymn reminds us, “Firm is the promise and God’s mercy sure.” Not only has God worked in us, through us, and around us, but we can hope with confidence that He will continue to work. The only response to the previous blessings, present help, and future promises is to “Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord.” The only reply to the grace we have been given is to tell of the Giver, to proclaim in word and deed how great a God we serve.
   As we anticipate the anniversary of the glorious day of the Word becoming flesh and dwelling among us, may we also communicate the gloriousness of what this means for a world in desperate need. Mary states her spirit rejoices in God her Savior—a savior whom she had not seen and yet believed. May we do the same. May our spirits rejoice in Christ our Savior, for He has rescued us from death and given life. O, tell out my soul the greatness of the Lord!

Jordan Whittington
College Minister