Day 12 Advent Devotional – Joyful Worship
Day 12 – Joyful Worship
READ Luke 1.46-56.
This week’s focus has been on joy. Watch this short video from Bible Project on joy:
Is joy and happiness different? How so? Before reading through “Mary’s Song” in Luke 1.46-56, ask your family to focus on worship and what we can learn about worship from her song. Here are a few suggestions:
- Worship is magnifying God
A microscope magnifies minute things to see more vividly. In our lives, we tend to magnify something in our lives. An athlete magnifies basketball or football; a doctor magnifies her medical profession; a teacher magnifies his education service; However, a disciple of Jesus magnifies God. People who are around us have to see a Great, Holy, Mighty, and Loving God in a magnified form in us.
- Worship involves whole being
Mary declared that she worshiped the Lord from the depth of her soul. She also sang in spirit. The content of the song provides a great intellect from the product of mind. Mary sang joyfully meaning emotional engagement.
- Worship the Lord who is Holy
The Lord God almighty is Holy. Unlike other religions, God is revealed as Holy. The inner sanctuary of the Jerusalem Temple is known as Holy of Holies. We are called to worship the Lord in the Beauty of Holiness. (Psalms 96:9)
- Worship the Lord for His mercy
The Lord shows mercy to undeserving, ill-deserving and hell-deserving humanity. Mary was a witness for God’s mercy. She was chosen, though being from a poor insignificant family was chosen to be the mother of the Lord.
- Worship the Lord for His works
The Lord’s deeds in the world and dealings with the children of God is amazing. God is almighty and displays awesome power and splendor. However, Mary describes that God does Mighty things and great things. Mighty does not mean uncontrolled power but purposeful power. Mary sings about the helpless (51), humble (52), and hungry (53) who are helped and transformed.
- Worship the Lord for His Promises
Mary reminds us about God’s Promises. Also about the faithful, resourceful, gracious God who keeps those promises. Even though the Jewish people were unfaithful for centuries, God fulfills His promises given to Abraham and his descendants forever.