God Blesses a Yielded Heart

Harvey Heneveld

READ : Luke 1:46-55

We are continuing to read Luke backwards because I wanted us to sing Mary’s song of praise to the Lord on the day set aside for worship. As Mary’s soul glorifies the Lord and her spirit rejoices in God her Savior, may your soul and spirit also glorify and rejoice in the Lord today.

If you are like me, you most often think of Mary as a mature woman. We see her with her grown sons standing outside the house where Jesus was teaching. We see her weeping at the foot of the cross as her 33-year-old son is crucified. But when we read of her in Luke chapter one she is still a young girl.

How did the soul of a teenage Jewish girl “glorify the Lord”? Mary glorified the Lord by yielding her heart to the will of God. When she heard the angel’s message she said, “I am the Lord’s servant. May it be to me as you have said” (Luke 1:38). It makes no difference if you are sixteen, sixty or ninety-six, you glorify the Lord by yielding your soul to God’s will.

Don’t wait until you grow old before you yield yourself to God. It is far better to yield your heart to Him while you are still very young, like Mary. But if you have already grown older, remember you are never too old to yield your soul to the Lord. We glorify God best when we give Him access to our soul. When our soul is filled with God, then our spirit rejoices.

PRAYER

Fill our souls with Your presence, Jesus. May our spirits rejoice in You. May You be glorified in all we do. Amen.