Praise for the Savior and Messiah

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Luke 1:39-80

Have you ever fallen in love with a movie only to be disappointed by the prequel? You loved The Wizard of Oz; why wouldn’t you love Oz the Great and Powerful? Although prequels can be disappointing, every once in a while, a decent prequel comes out. Good prequels get us more invested in the original plot and characters. They leave audiences even more excited about the overall story. 

Luke 1 is the necessary prequel to Jesus’s anticipated entrance into our world. Like John the Baptist preparing the people of his day for Christ, this passage prepares us for the Savior’s gracious presence today. With the curtain peeled back, we watch the interplay between the Holy Spirit and praising God.

Notice how speech plays a significant role in the passage. The angel Gabriel speaks joyful pregnancy news to two different people and hears differing responses. Old Zechariah voices disbelief at his words (Luke 1:20) while young Mary voices belief in what he said (v.38). By the end of the chapter, Mary opens her mouth to rejoice that God is finally delivering the Deliverer. And a speechless Zechariah, filled with the Holy Spirit, opens his mouth to prophesy how God has fulfilled what He “spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets ancient times” (v.70).

The Bible is about praise—who receives it, who speaks it, and what makes up its content. It’s the mighty God of Israel who deserves all praise. He condescends to lift the humble and lowly. He draws near to show mercy to generations upon generations. He has provided redemption and salvation for His people (vv.68–69). Made to praise but rendered mute by pride and sin, our mouths can now rejoice in the Lord who gave us His very own Spirit.

And yet, praising is sometimes a struggle isn’t it? We’re quick to share praise for delicious meals, new purchases, personal accomplishments, and funny videos but when hard times come, words feel distant and hard to find. That is when we need to loosen our tongues the most. Sure, we must lament the fallenness of life here, but eventually, we must turn our mourning into praise. Praise Him for His character. Praise Him for His works. Praise Him for His creation. For His provision. For His endless kindness. For sustaining our faith. 

Through an unassuming cast of characters—an aging priest, his seemingly infertile wife, and their young virgin cousin—the dawn of God’s fulfilled promises shines forth on those living in the darkness of death’s shadow (vv.78–79). It’s the prequel we still need, and it invites us to give unceasing praise to the author of our salvation.

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  1. Dina Lozoya says:

    My soul praises the Most High!

  2. Lucy Griffin says:

    “You have looked with love on your servant here, and blessed me all my life through”

  3. Ada McCloud says:

    Get ready Something big is happening!

  4. Alana Hartle says:


  5. Brittany Perez says:

    The commentary was so good! Praise God for the faithfulness ❤️

  6. Mia Van der Walt says:

    The angel speaks joyfully when announcing both pregnancies to two different people. But they hear it in two different ways. Let’s open our mouths and praise Him.

  7. Genesis Perez says:

    Amen ❤️

  8. Rylee Cummings says:


  9. Grace Min says:


  10. Carrie Lupton says:

    Praise him!

  11. Brittany Tate says:


  12. Kati Hammons says:

    I pray I can respond in praise as Mary did when my plans are completely thrown awry unexpectedly and trust God.

  13. trina beckwith says:


  14. Kara Randall says:

    I pray that we can have the kind of faith like Mary to believe and say yes to God

  15. Ruby Hunter says:

    Amen ❤️

  16. Anjenae Torregano says:

    Awesome word

  17. Sami Lilley says:

    45 And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.” – Luke 1:45

  18. Drew Warren says:


  19. Allyson Cochrane says:


  20. Patricia Lefner says:

    47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, – Luke 1:47

  21. Patricia Lefner says:

    46 And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord – Luke 1:46

  22. LaShandra Fluno says:

    Praise Him

  23. Marnie Bartleet says:

    What a beautiful reminder about fellowship and the plans god has for us! Which are always bigger then any we could make for ourselves

  24. Erica Romero says:

    Love this

  25. Tanisha Tucker says:

    The reminder that God could use a virgin and an infertile woman in His plan is such a beautiful reminder that He can use anyone. You need only to believe and trust in Him. Today I am thankful that His plan has always included me and been greater than anything I could hope for.

  26. Megan Igou says:

    Same here sister, you put into words what I was thinking. Todays message is a great reminder to praise God more. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  27. Stephanie Carrington says:

    Amen! What a great reminder, thank you!

  28. Sophie Mitchum says:

    In Jesus name, Amen

  29. Rachel_espinoza says:

    Mary’s story is wonderful proof that women were always included in God’s plan

  30. Nicole DeBoever says:

    I have alway found the relationship between Elizabeth and Mary fascinating. I wish we knew more

  31. Kyra Peacock says:


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  36. britney henderson says:

    Love this

  37. Kristyn Fujimoto says:

    I love when you hear this story, or more less, read it over and over, it changes through time. Grasping Mary’s excitement is how much of us are like, when we received a blessed from God. But from what I learned, with great blessing comes great responsibility. It hit me differently In this season of answered prayers. In retrospect I was in tears when God answered my prayers, but no blessing is just for our own gain. Much like Mary her responsibilities to care for Jesus, throughout his life blows my mind. It must have been a hard task, and then to see his death. We praise the resurrection and all he’s done on earth, but to be the mother of our perfect father must have been scary when the initial excitement wore off. This season God is showing me in everything he blesses, I don’t know what responsibility comes with it. I need to let him prepare me and do it in HIS TIMING. Because I need the maturity.

    1. Kelli Ritter says:

      I agree. The responsibility was tremendous and the emotions that went with it must have been heavy at times, but her faith from the very beginning was beautiful.

  38. Jennifer Rains says:

    Thankful for all God’s faithfulness.

  39. Kenzie Tracy says:

    As I am going through a new, but unknown season of my life. I have chosen to start over and build a relationship again with Jesus. I am reminded to always be grateful and thankful no matter what. Praise him in every high and low.

  40. Kenzie Tracy says:

    As I am going through a new unknown season

  41. Donna Vickers says:

    Hello from Texas, and Happy 2023. I can see that you all are not new and early risers with ‘the Armor’ on ~ love this already. I wonder a few questions: perhaps it is late but it struck me strange that the Holy Spirit was mentioned. I am pondering that… Secondly, the whispers of the people (hill country side of Judaea) even in the time of Joy… and the folks trying to over ride the naming of the child. Humans being Humans (I guess). My favor take away would be (as it lingers in my mind) Luke detailing out his proof to the most honorable. The conviction (my conviction) was the proof for all the folks ~ they had history, they had knowledge and longing for the fulfillment of the story, they someone, their proof, their answered prayers. So many other thoughts as this is day 2 unfolding. Stayed tuned!

  42. Sarah Hostetler says:

    This is a great reminder that even when we are unsure of where God is leading us (like Zechariah) we still need to be still, be quiet, wait on God, and praise the King of the Most High!

  43. Victoria E says:

    GramsieSue I am praying for your daughter and the baby.

  44. Donna Vickers says:

    Hello from Texas, and Happy 2023

  45. Hailey Lamphere says:

    As I currently go through a hard season, this is a great reminder to praise Him for the little things and remember His promises.

  46. Megan Bauman says:

    This line REALLY stuck out to me!

  47. Twila Myers says:

    One of my favorite songs is by MercyMe, PRAISE YOU IN THIS STORM. That’s how I try to live my life.

  48. Kenya Rafferty says:

    I love the praises of Mary and Zachariah. Both for very different reasons, but all about God and his faithfulness. I don’t praise God enough. I pray. I ask. I plead. I thank Him in moments of gratitude or relief. But I don’t praise. Sometimes, in private thoughts, I praise him for giving me everything I have and filling me up to the point of not needing/wanting more, but I don’t give him the ultimate

  49. Myla Belle says:


  50. Jennifer Yawn says:

    Zechariah was unable to process his thoughts out loud with anyone. Not even his wife. When he finally is allowed to speak again, he reminds us that “He has granted us the PRIVILEGE to serve Him without fear.” It’s not just a duty that we are forced to do begrudgingly but we’re granted the ability. It’s a gift. And one that we shouldn’t take for granted.

  51. Rhonda J. says:

    @GrammsieSue- I bet that is scary with your daughter and new grandbaby! Praying for their recovery, and for your SIL in this situation! Hugs!

    @Mari V- I would be complaining as well, it was very aggravating after the hurricane that I didn’t have a car! We get so used to taking these things for granted, so I had to remind myself often! Prayed that God would supply a car for me…and then we found the perfect car for me- a convertible like I had been wanting for years! He is good when we ask humbly. You are so sweet and so glad you and your daughter were protected!

  52. Mari V says:

    Praying for your daughter, the baby and your SIL.

  53. Rhonda J. says:

    BUTTONBERRY- I read your comment aloud to my husband because we kinda have a funny thing I say to him over the years, that he should read and comment on HRT to get those men over there bonding as we do! lol! (Actually, I am happy that he is finally reading HRT with me after gently nagging him for so long!) But I told him how insightful your comment was, but that you normally didn’t comment. I am happy you have decided to be more involved! I do feel like so many of the SHE”s are personal friends, and now you are one! I know a few other people wanted to participate more as well.

  54. Bree Hann says:

    This is lovely.

  55. Jeanie Mclellan says:

    I want to magnify the Lord in all I do

  56. Kimberly Z says:

    Something I am trying to focus on this year is making sure I praise God when things aren’t always fine and dandy. After my dads accident I truly realized Gods timing is in everything. Down to the timing of when he shot himself. It is HARD to feel grateful when it seems like the world is against you. @Taylor I loved what you said about God giving us strength for each day and not tomorrow but a bright hope for tomorrow. I hope this year is YOUR year girl. @Ally M. Like I said above I too struggle when things are hard. I am trying hard to focus on that too. Praying it comes easier for you too. Praying for all those who seek guidance right now.

  57. Marysabel Cardozo says:

    Carla, your response made me a bit emotional in the best way. Partly because of the reminder of how hard this would be for both women and the fates of their sons (which of course always make me emotional). Partly because of the reminder of the importance for community and how God will lead us to that community. It’s just incredible to see another example of how nothing is coincidental. Our Lord is intentional with a perfect plan and with perfect timing.

  58. Devin Howell says:

    Yes! We studied these chapters in our church recently and focused on their responses. Zachariah says “how will I know this?” Or basically, “prove it to me” because he does not believe it is possible or probable for Elizabeth to conceive. Mary asks “How will it be, as I am a virgin?” – she doesn’t question that it will happen, but asks a question on how.

  59. Vicki says:


  60. Donna Wolcott says:

    A new day to sing His praises! Concerns lifted.

  61. Carla Williams (no relation to ABW!) says:

    The main thing sticking in my heart about these two days of reading is how kind it was of God to give these two miraculous births to women who were connected to one another and could process the emotions together. What a merciful God, to give these women someone who could completely relate with them as they processed what was surely a confusing time. There’s joy and purpose and laughter, certainly. But both women were also promised sons who would break their hearts. Elizabeth would have known that her years to invest in John would be short, and Mary would watch from the front row as her son was rejected, scorned, tested, and crucified. The news for both women was profoundly good and profoundly hard, and I love that God gave them these months together to wonder and worship in community. I can’t help but imagine the conversations they had as they waited for their sons, who would change the world.

  62. Traci Gendron says:

    TINA – I too was given a vision of Tanner shortly after he passed. He was at my right side smiling. Saying “Mom, I’m okay!” What a gift!!! My heart was breaking. Literally. I had chest pain for a few days. BUT GOD, (in your beautiful words Tina), I was given the most precious gift of a vision. I too know that I will see my beautiful son again. For that I lift Him up in praise. For all that He has given me He deserves my praise. Always patient, never forsaking, and always forgiving. What a glorious God we have!

  63. Yorkis Lainez says:

    Praise God for His tender mercies everyday!

  64. Alli Tjernlund says:


  65. Gloria Garcia says:


  66. Buttonberry says:

    I have been a regular ‘She’ for many years, but just not one to ever comment. I am amazed at the wisdom and insights that all you fellow She’s bring each day and I have been overwhelmingly blessed by each of you! Your comments are as important to me as the commentary, really. I pray along with you, rejoice and mourn with you, and I’m guessing there are more like me out there, too.

    I feel like I know many of you who have been regulars through the years… you know who you are! So this year I feel like I should participate and not just lurk. ;-)

    Luke Chapter one is amazing, first for the details included, and I’m struck by the exchange between Zechariah and the Angel Gabriel.

    But the angel said to him: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to call him John.”

    Really?? Their prayer has been heard? How long ago had they prayed for a son? How many years had gone by? Had they almost given up on that prayer? What an astonishing little phrase tucked into that verse. Their prayer had been heard!

    What hope this should give us! No matter how long we have prayed for someone or something, we should resist the impulse to just give up. God sees, God knows, God works!! Praise Him to the highest!

    Be blessed today, my dear She’s!!

  67. Mari V says:

    Good Morning Beautiful SRT sisters! Happy Tuesday. I love it how our God knows exactly what we need to hear. As most of you here now about my auto accident on New Year’s Eve leaving me without a car. My new to me Car.
    I Can totally resonate with Beverly‘s statement: “Sure we must lament the fallenness of life here, but eventually, we must turn our mourning into praise.” These last couple of days processing my Auto Accident and all the phone calls and work that goes behind. It has been quite eventful. My daughter is very fearful now but at the same time we are both thankful and BLESSED to be alive and have no major injuries. You should’ve seen my vehicle! I know it’s just a vehicle, but lately I’ve been lamenting that I no longer have it. All the hard work that went into getting it and my family making a way for me to get it. My heart aches, Because of all the sacrifices that went behind it. But I’m so thankful and I rejoice that I’m here today. My God is Jehovah Jireh and I know he will continue to provide for me these past 5 1/2 years since leaving an Abusive marriage. My God has provided for my kids and I in the most amazing ways. He’s done it before, HE will do it again. Your prayers are appreciated as I navigate through the process of more phone calls today as there was issues with the party who hit us. I’m being vulnerable right now, and this is not a feel sorry for me statement, but my heart aches right now

  68. Tricia Cavanaugh says:

    TAMI C I do really like listening to Louie. I will have to look into that message. Thank you for sharing.

  69. Tricia Cavanaugh says:

    GRAMSIESUE praying for your daughter and family. MANDI D praying for your son to remain strong through basic training. And for you folks also. I am grateful to be able to dive into the Lord’s word with you all. Blessed Tuesday!❤️

  70. Mari V says:

    Good Morning Beautiful SRT sisters! Happy Tuesday. I love it how our God knows exactly what we need to hear. As most of you here now about my auto accident on New Year’s Eve leaving me without a car. My new to me Car.

  71. Tricia Cavanaugh says:

    Welcome to Ashley, Vanessa, Cheryl, and any others who may be joining us for the first time. You will love this community!

  72. Sharon, Jersey Girl says:

    I know already I am going to love this study! …I have nothing but praise this morning as God has spared the life of my unsaved father-in-law!!! New Year’s Eve he was not expected to live, put on life support & we were all called to the hospital to say our goodbyes. Three days later- they will try to take out the ventilator today, he has been taken off of one of the heart meds and had the temporary pacemakaer taken out. That’s the power of prayer!!! That’s the evidence of God’s mercy and grace!! Still praying for his recovery but more importantly that he (Al) and my mother-in-law (Phyllis) and the rest of the family will come to know Christ as Lord and Savior after 36 + years of praying for them! I ask you all to join me in the prayer.

    @Arina – praying that God will calm your anxious heart and give you His perfect peace.
    @grammiesue – praying for your daughter and new grand-baby.

    Blessings to you all!

  73. Sara Griesser says:


  74. Tami C says:

    I just listened to a message called “When God is silent” by Louie Giglio. Beautiful! He teaches Zachariah and Elizabeth.

    1. Erica Chiarelli says:

      Thanks for sharing, will have to check it out, Tami C. ☺

  75. Regina Clinton says:

  76. Mandi D says:

    Good morning everyone! I rarely comment but always read them all, and am blessed by your words. I pray for all the requests and know you do the same so today I come asking for prayers for my oldest son as he leaves this evening to return to basic training. He joined the army and left right before thanksgiving and was able to come home for the holidays. I am so thankful for the time we spent with him these past 2 weeks but my momma heart is breaking knowing I won’t see him for another 2 months. And not knowing when he will be in our home again is just so hard. He’s active duty and signed a 6 year contract so this is just the beginning of our journey. He’s my firstborn and the first to leave home so it’s hard and a huge adjustment. So if you would please pray for safe travels today, and for him as he completes the next 7 weeks of training; and for our family as we adjust to having him gone again. Thank you all so much

  77. Allison Bentley says:

    “His mercy extends from generation to generation”. I never noticed this before but God is merciful to two generations here in Luke – Elizabeth the elderly and Mary the teenager. I know some of you may not be mommas but THIS momma right here can’t help but see the kindness in between the lines. Being pregnant takes a toll on the body and I can only imagine the beautiful conversations between Elizabeth and Mary during their time together. Not only discussing the physical changes but having someone to discuss the spiritual aspects of their pregnancies with like who and what their children were destined for and how important it would be to raise their children for the Lord. These women were not filled with fear of failure (a fear I must admit I have as a parent) but rather they were filled praise to God!!!! Lord help me see your mercy everyday and fill me with the Holy Spirit so that I may praise you in all my days!!!

  78. Cristina Higgins says:

    Gretchen Kingma, 1-660-287-3495. Trust me to leave a number out!

  79. Marie Campbell says:

    Praying for your dear family.

  80. Victoria Fowlkes says:

    I will open my mouth and praise him ! Great article and passages

  81. Dawn Enns says:

    What a mighty God we serve! We can rejoice & believe in Him.
    Thank you Lord thst you ate the same yesterday,today & forever ❤️

  82. Dorothy says:

    PRAISE God for His endless, enduring, abounding, wonderful, awe-inspiring, UNCONDITIONAL LOVE. PRAISE God for sending His Son Christ to die for our sins so we could be saved ONCE AND FOR ALL. PRIASE God for giving each of us, inside of us, the Holy Spirit to guide and show us THEIR WAY.

    Be blessed and PRAISE God today and always.

  83. Michelle Patire says:

    so many posts on this news plan, I know what everyone’s New Year’s resolution is ;) just kidding. even if spending time with God is it, I think that is a beautiful goal that should be celebrated!!! God bless you, Shes!

    @Arina- so many people praying for you. Be strong and courageous. If God positioned you at this job, He will supply all you need. Don’t let fear lead, as other ladies have shared, trust Him to help you through this new position. <3 easier said than done, but God will be with you no matter what.

    @Gramsisue- praying peace over your family — your daughter especially. Thank God the baby is alive. I pray God would be near them in this intense time and help them to feel His comfort and strength. May He be glorified through this story. May your daughter's faith increase as she sees the work of the Lord in her life. God bless the little newborn, may the baby be covered by the "wings" of the Lord.

    @Lehua– still praying for Maria's family grace and peace. May they feel the Lord near to them as well.

  84. Christina Warfield says:

    I know it’s not technically inaccurate, just an outdated use of the phrase, but “condescends to” leaves such a bad taste in my mouth.

  85. Cee Gee says:

    “Made to praise but rendered mute by pride and sin, our mouths can now rejoice in the Lord who gave us His very own Spirit.”

  86. Portia Strange says:

    How many years had Elizabeth & Zechariah been praying for a child? Although they were still waiting, I love that the Bible says ‘they were both righteous before God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments & statues of the Lord.’ (Luke 1:6) They didn’t turn their backs on God because He had yet to give them what they were asking for. They didn’t live in unrighteousness before God, intentionally disobeying His commandments & statues, with hardened hearts towards a God who owed them something.

    How many times had he served as priest? How many times had his division been on duty? How many times was he chosen by lot to enter the temple of the Lord & burn incense? I am very fascinated that the angel Gabriel appeared to Zechariah when he was doing something he’d probably done hundreds, if not thousands of times, before. Yet, little did Zechariah know, that this time would be very different.

  87. Rebecca W says:

    Prayers for you Arina! Our Jesus will be with you so “fear not!” You’ve got this, and He’s got you. Each day will become easier (less stressful) as you become more familiar with your job and the people you work with. ❤️
    Lord, help me to praise you through everything! Not just when things are good. Help me to not be rendered mute by pride and sin! That line jumped out at me. Too many times I have had opportunity to talk about Jesus or what he has done in my life but have held my tongue because of my own pride. I was too concerned about what others might think. Forgive me Jesus. Help me to “fear not” but rather sing your praises!

  88. Libby K says:

    I love this reminder to not stay in the lamenting stage. God is so good to listen to our difficulties and sadness, but then we need to offer praise. I know I’m really good at the lamenting when things are tough…. Not so good at flipping it around in praise. Praying that this year I can make sure to praise more than I lament.

  89. Samantha Collier says:

    I am praying to be more selfless and to see the ways God is working in my life.

  90. Sarah D. says:

    Good morning everyone!! Back at work today, but it’s a shorter week! I’m most likely going to be reading through the Bible Recap to try and finish the remainder of my chronological plan, but I’ll still be back here in SRT to see the comments and pray for you all. I definitely love the community here. If you all could pray for me, I’m back at work today but I’ve been feeling nauseous this morning. I think it may have been something I ate yesterday. Prayers for strength would be appreciated, I wanted to start off the new year fresh but it is what it is. The Lord is with us every step!

  91. Cristina Higgins says:

    Gretchen Kingma: I need and accountability partner also. You can find my name on Face Book to find our about me. Do you text? If so my number is 1-66-287-3495. I would love to hear from you. I live in Central Missouri, USA. I’m retired , I have 1 daughter and 8 grandchildren. Oh! they’re not all her’s. My son died two years ago and he left me6 of those grandchildren. I hope to hear from you. Cristina

  92. Jennie Dodge says:

    Thanks Taylor for being transparent. I,too needed a lift on January 1st. Praise God!

  93. Jo Richardson says:

    Prequel perspective I love ❤️ Praying we recognize and invite the Holy Spirit to come & let us PRAISE our Lord!!

  94. GramsieSue says:

    My daughter had an emergency C-section yesterday due to pre-eclampsia and the baby swallowed meconium in the womb so is in NICU. SIL is juggling the two most important people in his life. Prayers for complete healing for both and peace and comfort for all.

  95. Brandy Deruso says:

    God is so good!
    I will trust in the Lord I will trust in the Lord till I die I will trust in the Lord I will trust in the Lord you did not create me to worry you did not create me to fear. Lord you created me to worship daily so I’m going to leave it all right here. My hands are raised because I surrender and your will is what’s best for me I worship you because your Jehovah jireh I bow before the kings of kings I will trust in you Lord I will put my trust in you! Have your way Lord I will trust in you! You got me Lord! Hallelujah!

  96. Samantha M. says:

    Pay no attention to the way things used to be (Is 43:16-19), instead believe He is ready to do something new, He is ready to make a path thru the wilderness for you. Let go of mediocre, let go of settling and BELIEVE in the abundant life God has prepared for you.

  97. Searching says:

    We are reading these passages while knowing what follows, at least up through yesterday. Amazing faith, obedience, praise and worship in the waiting and watching for fulfillment of prophecy. May I remember to praise.

    TARA BEATTY – praying for you, husband, children and marriage
    C. – praying for finances and job situation
    CASSIDY – praying for patience in the waiting. Remember that God is always working
    ASHLEY FULLER – welcome! Glad you to have you join us in diving into God’s word

  98. Margaret Wells says:

    I’m in my second trimester right now, pregnant with a beautiful girl. I think it’s beautiful the worship that comes from Elizabeth and Mary’s pregnancies, and the deep connection that grows between them—due to one carrying John the Baptist, and the other the Messiah.❣️❤️

  99. Emily Rehm says:

    74 that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies,
    might serve him without fear, – Luke 1:74

    So serve him. Love him. Come to him- without fear. Able to approach his throne of grace with confidence that Christ has made us righteous before God. Wow, what a gift. Thank you Jesus

  100. Emily Rehm says:

    74 that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies,
    might serve him without fear, – Luke 1:74

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  102. Lauren Johnson says:

    Thank you for this ❤️

  103. Holly Shelton says:

    We must turn to praise! Such a great reminder. We always have something to praise Him for even in the dark days.

  104. J B says:

    I am praying for an Elizabeth in my life. It’s breathtaking to think what all Mary was going through, but she was able to visit Elizabeth, have this song ready to share, and not be shamed or discouraged. ❤️

  105. Emily Kelly says:


  106. C. says:

    I feel like I don’t give praise enough. I feel like I don’t say thank you to God enough. He has blessed me and my family so much. I really am thankful. Going to work on that ❤️ Asking for prayers for my husband. His current job is changing his hours and it’s not good. He’s currently searching for a new job. Praying he can find a new job. We’re hoping it will be one closer to home so he doesn’t have to spend as much time on the road. I’m also praying that my job takes off and I start being able to help financially more. I work from home and just have a small craft business, so my finances are not guaranteed. I just feel like I don’t contribute enough to our finances. So I’m praying that this year I will be able to help more ❤️

  107. Angie Mills says:

    In this passage, we see that God is praised by those through whom He is working. John silently praises Him by leaping for joy while in his mother’s womb. Mary, a pregnant virgin, and Elizabeth, a once infertile older woman, both praise God for the coming Messiah. Zechariah, who was silent for his disbelief, praises God for the coming Messiah as soon as he is able to speak again.

    Jesus is the Mighty One who does great things. His name is holy. His mercy extends from generation to generation. He scatters the proud and exalts the humble. He satisfied the hungry. He helps His people. He remembers His mercy and His covenant. He provides redemption and salvation. He guides His people in paths of peace.

    Elizabeth, John, Mary, and Zechariah are all filled with the Holy Spirit. The Lord is working through their lives and they respond with praise for the coming Messiah. Those who live near Elizabeth & Zechariah and witness the events surrounding John’s birth are filled with fear. In his song, Zechariah says that God’s people will serve God without fear in holiness and righteousness in His presence all their days.

    Our youth pastor preached a sermon this past Sunday on the Magnificat. It was very faithful to the Scriptures. If you would like to listen to it, you can find it by searching for:

    Podbean First Baptist Church Opelousas Dear Theophilus He Who is Worthy of Praise

  108. Angie Mills says:

    In this passage, we see that God is praised by those through whom He is working. John silently praises Him by leaping for joy while in his mother’s womb. Mary, a pregnant virgin, and Elizabeth, a once infertile older woman, both praise God for the coming Messiah. Zechariah, who was silent for his disbelief, praises God for the coming Messiah as soon as he is able to speak again.

    Jesus is the Mighty One who does great things. His name is holy. His mercy extends from generation to generation. He scatters the proud and exalts the humble. He satisfied the hungry. He helps His people. He remembers His mercy and His covenant. He provides redemption and salvation. He guides His people in paths of peace.

    Elizabeth, John, Mary, and Zechariah are all filled with the Holy Spirit. The Lord is working through their lives and they respond with praise for the coming Messiah. Those who live near Elizabeth & Zechariah and witness the events surrounding John’s birth are filled with fear. In his song, Zechariah says that God’s people will serve God without fear in holiness and righteousness in His presence all their days.

    Our youth pastor preached a sermon this past Sunday on the Magnificat. It was very faithful to the Scriptures. If you would like to listen to it, you can find it here:

  109. Ally M says:

    Something I really want to focus on this year is praising God When I feel sad. It’s so easy to wallow or lament “why me?” when something bad happens, but God is always good and always deserving of praise. I trust Him, and I want to focus on praising Him in the hard moments too.

  110. Taylor says:

    “Turn my mourning into praise.” New Years Day I woke up in the dumps. Just feeling very sad. I’m so glad I went to church with my parents on New Years Day and decided to praise through my sorrow. We sang “Great is Thy Faithfulness” which was exactly what I needed to remind myself, and our pastor preached a short devotion about how God gives us strength for today, and bright hope for tomorrow (from the lyrics of the hymn). It really resonated with me in this season of life that feels hard that God will give me strength for each day (not strength for tomorrow as He tells us not to worry about tomorrow), and a bright hope for tomorrow to continue walking in His will for my life. It was a much needed reminder walking into this new year where I don’t know what lies ahead, but I know who goes before me. I hope everyone has a blessed day <3

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  112. Maria Baer says:

    ARINA, first congratulations on your new job! Anxiety when starting something new is definitely something I’ve experience. Just remember than when new to a job, there is a training period for you to adjust. It is expected, especially coming out of the uni, that your experience is limited. So put everything in God’s hands because he put you in this position for a reason. I always look at new jobs as “How can I use this opportunity for His glory?” The enemy is always looking for fear to set in and derail us. So as one Christian podcaster said— “Quit talking to the dang snake.” Instead, focus on the excitement of a new job!

  113. Aimee D-R says:

    Praise You lord Jesus, King of endless Mercy. Amen

  114. Susan Lincks says:

    I want to always praise Jesus!

  115. Sasha Cooper says:

    Zechariah and Mary had two very different responses to the angel who gave them the news. I’ve always wondered why Zechariah’ mouth was shut after he responded; but why Mary’s wasn’t because she also questioned the angel of the Lord. I now know that it was because of Zechariah’s unbelief. Mary question but she also had faith. And in the end both Zechariah and Mary praised the Lord because His promise came to pass for both of them.

  116. Gayle R says:

    ARINA- praying for you! My favorite verse for calming fears is Isaiah 41:10 CSB. Do not fear, for I am with you. Do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. I will help you. I will hold onto you with my righteousness right hand.

  117. Tara Beatty says:

    Thank you for your prayers SRT! Lifting all requests up that I read. “Because of our God’s merciful compassion, a Dawn from on high will visit us” Luke 1:78. Praise the Lord!

  118. Jessie Fehland says:

    Seeing your responses has blessed me! Praise God for His goodness for both then, when this passage was written, and for now, while we are reading and reflecting. We should always praise God for sending Jesus everyday.

  119. Heather Burgess says:

    Praying for you, Arina! Anxiety is debilitation and can totally consume us (me included). I pray that the peace of God overtakes your mind like never before. I pray that you have a fresh anointing on your life and you see all things differently. That the fear vanishes and you put all your trust in him! In Jesus Name I pray! Be blessed!

  120. Heather Burgess says:

    Loving this plan! Thank you Lord for being who you are. Thanking you for loving me completely, and dying for my sins and rising again!

  121. Tami C says:

    I try to put myself there… what struck me was how they were all still waiting for the Messiah even after 400 years of silence.

  122. Kristen says:

    @Arina, praying for you! May you feel His peace and May He give you wisdom and favor as you start your new job! Prayers for all of you today!

  123. Kristen says:

    @Nicole Isom I thought about the last podcast episode during the advent series, the guest described a job. ( I’m paraphrasing what he said.) The job would be entail coming to a place where you would be despised, rejected, hated, tortured, humiliated, and put to death. Not to mention that we can’t even fathom the price He paid by drinking the full cup of God’s wrath for the sins of those that are His. Jesus said yes to that job! May this bring us to our knees in amazement and utter astonishment, gratitude, and praise! There is none like Him! Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive glory, honor, and praise forever and ever Amen!

  124. Cassidy says:

    Please continue to pray for me, for engagement in this long season of waiting.

  125. Kelly (NEO) says:

    “Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill what he has spoken to her!”

    Isn’t that what God asks of us too-to believe He will fulfill His promises to us? May I be quick to acknowledge Your kindness and mercy in my life, Lord.

    ARINA – praying for your peace of mind as you begin your job. Also that your coworkers will be helpful and kind as you learn.

    TARA BEATTY – praying the separation will drive your husband to the Lord

    CHURCHMOUSE – how is your daughter’s friend’s little boy?

  126. Jo says:

    Mary’s song of praise is truly an overflow from her and it stirs my heart. Her amazement that God would use her, someone of no reputation, and her rejoicing that He sees and cares for her personally.
    He uses the ordinary, unqualified people like Mary, like you and me and then all praise and glory goes to Him.
    I love how God sees her worth, and her response is to just marvel and rejoice in her Saviour.
    Our self worth is not about what we achieve but just to magnify Him who would choose to use unremarkable people like us.
    Yes TINA, I’m with you, let us come before Him with thanksgiving and praise for He is worthy,
    Mighty God and Precious Father,
    who sees us, is present with us and loves us….
    Amen and amen!!!

  127. Nicole Isom says:

    I’ve never really dove into the life of Jesus before but this has blessed me greatly thus far. Knowing that just by Jesus’ presence in a room, an unborn John notices his Savior and jumps for Joy at His presence is astonishing. For John to know who He is before He has even been born tells me a lot about who Jesus was and still is. He is the Savior of the world, peace and understanding, He is wisdom and knowledge, He is the Alpha and Omega, my place of refuge, my best friend and leader. Among all these things He is love! He loved us so much that He came to Earth as the Word in flesh and was willing to die for the whole world. A world that wanted Him dead, wanted nothing to do with Him but He gave His life so that whoever believes in Him will have eternal life with God the Father. My mind is absolutely blown away at His grace and mercy that, I know, I fully do not deserve. However, I am so thankful to be called His daughter. I am so thankful that He walks with me and talks to me, even in the unknown… I know He is working on my behalf.

  128. TIna says:

    My life is divided into before my daughter was called home… and after.

    It is the way it is..

    Life was different, as was I.

    I was always a cheery soul, one who loved to joke around and be joyful. But you know, I was never whole, yes, even in the joy and excitement of life… before..

    BUT GOD..
    Even in the sad and heartbreaking ‘prequel’ to my story, He showed me love, hope and grace in a picture of where my beautiful girl is, a meadow of flowers and life everlasting with Him..
    I can’t ignore or forget this precious gift, and I will forever be filled with gratitude and praise. He fulfilled a promise I (at the time), didn’t even know He had promised, the darkness of the death of my girl, was slowly lifted to be filled with hope, hope and more hope..and covered, dare I say it, in the joy of knowing that I WILL one day be with her in paradise.. this right there, encourages me to praise and worship each day, and the joy in my heart is wholeheartedly real..

    Psalm 95:1-2 says..

    Come, let us praise the Lord! Let us sing for joy to God, who protects us! Let us come before him with thanksgiving and sing joyful songs of praise.

    I will forever praise Him, for His goodness and love. His faithfulness and grace. His mercy and provision. His comfort and the Hope He brings to my heart and soul.
    Absolutely worthy, every day, to be praised…

    BUT GOD..


    Happy Tuesday dear hearts.. be blessed in your day and know, He is near… always.. love you ..❤

  129. Arina says:

    Tomorrow I start a new job, my first real job after uni. I struggle with anxiety and it’s just hard right now. Praising God definitely doesn’t come naturally now. My brain is too focussed on the fear. I’m thankful we got the read the praise of Mary and Zechariah today. When I don’t have words, I can echo their praises. I sing their songs for my God is the same as their God. And somehow it takes the slightest edge off of my nerves. Still, any prayers would be appreciated ❤

  130. Stephanie Rennie says:

    Love this image:
    whereby the sunrise shall visit us from on high – Luke 1:78

  131. Stephanie Rennie says:

    Love this image:
    whereby the sunrise shall visit us from on high – Luke 1:78.

  132. Elizabeth Dawson says:

    Not read Luke 1 in all of its fullness for a long time, what a refreshing first two days of this plan! It felt like new news once again, reading this passage. Also felt challenged, to simply believe what God says, as Mary did, and see what happens. May take some time, but learning again ☺️ thank you SRT

  133. Drea Welty says:

    Love this ❤️