Mary looked down into Jesus’ sleeping face and smiled. She was so grateful to have this moment of relative quiet to sit and enjoy her precious child. As she laid back and rested she let her mind wander. Mary’s face smiled softly as she recalled the moment she told her dear cousin Elizabeth the news. Mary had known that her cousin would understand the marvellous mysteries of God seeing as she had conceived a child after she had given up all hope. Mary laughed quietly as she recalled Elizabeth’s greeting, it had been unlike anything Mary had ever experienced before. Elizabeth had been truly glowing in her pregnant state and Mary had noticed that the pregnancy had also given Elizabeth a new vigour and enthusiasm for life. Elizabeth had declared that her own baby lept in her womb at seeing Mary’s approach and had boldly declared Mary blessed for her absolute trust in God’s promises. Mary recalled the song of praise that had burst out of her heart at Elizabeth’s greeting and softly sung it to her sleeping child:
Oh how my soul magnifies and exalts the Lord!
Oh how my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour.
Oh how He has looked upon me with loving care, He did not care that I was so lowly or ill-prepared instead He has used me to bring life and love.
The generations to come will recall how blessed, happy and favoured by God I am, not because of any great statute in man’s eyes but because of God’s great grace.
Oh how I praise God for He who is mighty has done great things for me.
Oh how holy is God’s name, so worthy of all our praise.
Oh how mercy flows from one generation to the next for those who stand with awe and reverence before the Lord.
Oh how powerful His arm is, He quickly scatters the proud; He tears down unrighteous rulers from their thrones; and exult those with humble hearts.
Oh how He fills the hungry with good things.
Oh how faithful He is and He remembers His great promise to Abraham, YES faithfulness is my God’s nature.
How blessed will be those who trust in Him, how life-giving His reign will be.
(inspired by Luke 1:46-56 Amplified)
As Mary allowed the song to ring out in the small stable she was reminded of God’s faithfulness towards Abraham. His story was one that was often told because Abraham and Sarah’s story was a truly inspiring one. Mary smiled as she recalled the story of Isaac, the promised child who eventually was gifted when Abraham was around 100 years old and Sarah 90. As Mary reflected upon that divine miracle she was again reminded of her dear cousin Elizabeth who had a similar miracle occur, although she hadn’t been quite that old. Mary and Elizabeth had reflected on the similarities many times during her 3 month visit. Mary had raced to be with Elizabeth upon the news of her pregnancy and Mary had found great comfort as she had struggled with the news that she would become a mother in such an unusual way.
As Mary laid down to nap with her resting child she recalled the precious time that she had spent with Elizabeth. She had treasured the instruction and encouragement that Elizabeth had instilled in her and missed her terribly. Mary desperately longed to see her right now and allowed Elizabeth’s sweet face to lull her into a deep sleep. Mary awoke to the sound of rustling nearby and she was surprised to see a young boy sitting near her with a look of utter adoration upon his face. Mary wondered who he was and smiled at him as she gently cradled Jesus. The boy crept closer and gazed at her sleeping child. Mary smiled again and offered to hand Jesus to the boy but the young boy shook his head and just reached out a hand to gently touch Jesus instead. Mary noticed that the boy had a drum sitting next to him and watched smiling as he grabbed it and gently started playing. As Mary laid back in the straw Jesus kicked his arms and legs with great excitement, Mary laughed and the boy looked at her with tears streaming down his face.
‘Come they told me, a new born King to see.
Our finest gifts we bring to lay before the King.
So to honor Him when we come.
Little baby I am a poor boy too, I have no gift to bring that’s fit to give the King.
Shall I play for you on my drum?
Mary nodded, the ox and lamb kept time.
I played my drum for Him, I played my best for Him.
Then He smiled at me, me and my drum.’
After a few more moments his sweet song ended and he scurried away into the night. Mary laid back and treasured the little boy’s song in her heart, it seemed like such a fitting gift and one that she knew had the angels in heaven rejoicing over. Mary was reminded of King David and his ability to create such wonderful songs, as Mary thought back through the many to choose from she softly sung:
‘The Father says to His beloved Son: ‘Sit with Me at My right hand while I subdue every enemy. They will bow low before You and I make them a footstool for Your feet.
Come my beloved Son take the sceptre of strength and rule in Zion where Your Kingdom will have no end. Rule in the midst of Your enemies!
Oh my precious Son Your people will lovingly offer themselves to You, ready and willing to battle with You in the day of Your power. You will dwell in holiness from the womb until the very end. Forever You will be a priest of the highest order, One of great righteousness. I will be at Your right hand ready to crush the kings that rise against You.
My beloved Son execute judgement among the nations and shatter the strongholds of ruling powers. My Son drink from the flowing brook and be refreshed by My love. Know that in the end You will stand victorious!’ (Inspired by Psalm 110)
Mary lay back in the straw exhausted from her song but feeling refreshed in her spirit. She wondered how it could be possible for her precious son to help fulfil God’s promise to Abraham. Was Jesus to be like the other kings who take on hundreds of wives? Mary shuddered at the thought and sighed. Her weary brain was simply too tired to try and make sense out of any of this, as she laid back down she allowed the promise between God and Abraham to lull her back to sleep:
“When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, ‘I am God Almighty; Walk [habitually] before Me [with integrity, knowing that you are always in My presence], and be blameless and complete [in obedience to Me]. I will establish My covenant (everlasting promise) between Me and you, And I will multiply you exceedingly [through your descendants].’ Then Abram fell on his face [in worship], and God spoke with him, saying, ‘As for Me, behold, My covenant is with you, And [as a result] you shall be the father of many nations. No longer shall your name be Abram (exalted father), But your name shall be Abraham (father of a multitude); For I will make you the father of many nations. I will make you exceedingly fruitful, and I will make nations of you, and kings will come from you. I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your descendants after you’” Genesis 17:1-7 Amplified
According to The Passion Translation Psalm 110 is related to Jesus Christ and is quoted more often than any other Old Testament passage. There is an article that looks at this in great depth by 500 Questions.
I also studied “Great People Of The Bible And How They Lived” The Reader’s Digest Association Inc. Printed in 1974 by John Sands Pty Ltd Halstead Press Division. Sydney, Australia.