Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Holy Is His Name (The Magnifcat) Music By John Michael Talbot

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord.
Any my spirit exalts in God my Savior.
For He has looked, with mercy on my lowliness.
And my name will be forever exalted.

For the mighty God has done great things for me.
And His mercy will reach from age to age.

And Holy, Holy, Holy is His name.

Holy, Holy, Holy is His name.

And Holy, Holy, Holy is His name.

(You can listen to this version for free by clicking on the link above and then Disc #1 Track # 9)

Very early in the Gospel of Luke, after Gabriel has announced the birth of Jesus to her, Mary breaks out into “My soul glorifies the Lord.”

This section (1:46-55) is called a song, and the song is called the Magnificat from the opening word in the Latin Vulgate version for “glorifies.”

In this song, Mary draws from Scripture.

It’s reminiscent, for instance, of Hannah’s song in 1 Samuel 2:1-10, but these are not direct quotes.

Instead, it’s what comes out of a heart immersed in Scripture and Mary begins to understand the most important thing of all...

Nothing is impossible with God.

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.

His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation.

He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.

He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble.

He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty.

He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful to Abraham and his descendants forever, even as he said to our fathers."


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