Because, Praise Isn’t About Us!


Scripture Reading: Luke 1:39-56

S.O.A.P. Reading: Luke 1:46-55

Scripture: (Mary’s Song – Luke 1:46-55 MSG Translation)

And Mary said,

I’m bursting with God-news;
I’m dancing the song of my Savior God.
God took one good look at me, and look what happened
– I’m the most fortunate woman on earth!
What God has done for me will never be forgotten,
the God whose very name is holy, set apart from all others.
His mercy flows in wave after wave on those who are in awe before him.
He bared his arm and showed his strength, scattered the bluffing braggarts.
He knocked tyrants off their high horses, pulled victims out of the mud.
The starving poor sat down to a banquet; the callous rich were left out in the cold.
He embraced his chosen child, Israel;
he remembered and piled on the mercies, piled them high.
It’s exactly what he promised, beginning with Abraham and right up to now.


Observation:
Mary had no reservations about praising God for His greatness. She had already jumped into to her servant-hood role with both feet, no holding back. She had surrendered herself to being the vessel that would allow God’s plan to take effect. Now she was praising Him for choosing her. 
She praised him that not only was He faithful to her but to her people. She could see past herself and to what God was doing for the entire human race. She was praising Him for what he would do in our lives today.

Application:
We serve a faithful God! (can I get an Amen!!!! haha) He was faithful to Mary, to the people of Israel and to us (even before we existed). Mary knew that and because of it she cried out in a song of praise, which is now know as Mary’s song. The fascinating thing is that she didn’t just sing a song praising him for what he had done in her, but, what he had done for all of us! 

When we praise God, do we step outside of our self-centeredness? Praise isn’t just about us. It is about God and what he is doing in our lives, the lives of those around us and the lives of those to come. 

So when we are stagnant in our faith, when our lives seemed turned upside down, when nothing is going right or going at all. We praise him whole heartedly for what he has done, what he is doing in others (and ourselves even if we can’t see it) and what he will do in the future for generations that we can’t even fathom. We praise him without reservation. We praise him outside our comfort zone. Because, Praise isn’t about us!

Join me in praising Him this morning with this song! 

“Praise You with the Dance”
Casting Crowns

Prayer:
Lord, we bless your Holy name. We praise you and thank you for all you have done in us, for us and for those yet to come. We thank you for being a faithful and merciful Father. We praise you for your forgiving grace. Help us to see past ourselves and praise you even in the hard times. Help us to see the victories that you give to others without envy, but with thanksgiving. You are truly powerful and mighty! To you we give all glory, honor and praise; now and forever. Amen

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