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Faith Sings (Luke 1:39-56)

December 12, 2012 by Pito

John leaping for joy in Elizabeth’s womb indicates to us that he had a spiritual awareness and could respond to the Spirit of God. We must not let our rationalism undermine the Bible’s teaching on the faith of children, even the unborn.

Can children have faith? Can the unborn have faith? What else can they have? The don’t have propositional knowledge. Faith is all they can have. David says of himself in Psalm 22, “…From my mother’s womb you have been my God…You have made me trust while on my mother’s breast…”  We should not question their spiritual capacity nor their feeble worship. We expect them to live their lives in the context of God’s grace and truth, to be sharp arrows for the piercing of God’s enemies and faithful worshipers and soldiers in God’s army.

Jesus took special effort to include them in the ranks of the disciples, even setting them up as the model for adults. Holding an infant in His arms He said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the Kingdom of God. Assuredly, I say unto you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it.”

Mary sang of her Lord, “My soul doth magnify the Lord and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.”  Mary and the Church have a lot in common. We, the handmaiden of the Lord, also are of very low estate. The Lord has raised us up out of the miry clay and set our feet on the Rock.

We call the Church blessed because it is she, our Mother, who has birthed us into the New Covenant by our baptisms. She has taught us the gospel and has nurtured us in the faith and disciplined us as needed. She has fed us with the eternal food of the body and blood of Christ. Well do we call her blessed.

Through her the Lord has done mighty things for us. In His holiness He has redeemed our lives from destruction and set us free from the bondage of sin.  He has crowned us with loving kindness and tender mercies while bringing down the mighty from their thrones. He has filled us, giving us all things richly to enjoy while sending the worldly rich away empty.

At the beginning of the New Testament Church Peter reminds us that “…as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ… And if you be Christ’s, then you are  Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”

This song of Mary is our song as well and we sing it joyously to the glory  and praise of our God. Our singing rises even higher and with greater clarity and boldness as we remember the coming of our Savior over 2000 year ago.

This day our soul doth magnify the Lord and our spirits rejoice in God our Savior. As we worship together each week the Lord calls us to eat His body and to drink His blood and to bring our children with us. With great expectation and hearts full of thanksgiving, let us go up to Him and eat at His Table, the Table of Joy. Our Husband meets us here. Welcome to the Table of the Lord.

 


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