In church we were encouraged to imitate Mary in her Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55) by “turning up the volume” to create our own personal “praise” to God. The idea was to remember God’s past faithfulness, recognize God’s present attention and rehearse God’s future promises.
During our family Advent last night we had a great time following this outline as a family. Here is my quick psalm of praise (I’m not sure it qualifies as a “magnificat 😉
Help me to turn up the volume so I don’t forget your past faithfulness. I want to pile up stones and record specific instances of rescue, healing, comfort and mercy. This past year I have seen this with my children and with some of my friends and running mates.
Help me to see your kind attention to me to today. I want to know that you are at work inside of me increasing my faith, dependence, brokenness and maturity. I see this right now because I do not feel alone and I do not feel stuck in my journey.
Help me to believe your promises for tomorrow. I want to live like a man convince that you will provide guidance, energy, wisdom and power. I trust you for my future because I see that you aren’t finished with me yet and that there is a whole wide world to explore in my 50’s and 60’s.
My soul doth magnify the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior!