46 And Mary said:
“My soul exalts the Lord,
47 And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.
48 “For He has had regard for the humble state of His bondslave;
For behold, from this time on all generations will count me blessed.
49 “For the Mighty One has done great things for me;
And holy is His name.
50 “And His mercy is upon generation after generation
Toward those who fear Him.
51 “He has done mighty deeds with His arm;
He has scattered those who were proud in the thoughts of their heart.
52 “He has brought down rulers from their thrones,
And has exalted those who were humble.
53 “He has filled the hungry with good things;
And sent away the rich empty-handed.
54 “He has given help to Israel His servant,
In remembrance of His mercy,
55 As He spoke to our fathers,
To Abraham and his descendants forever.”
It’s one thing to witness a miracle. It’s quite another to be a conduit for one. The child Mary was to bear would be her salvation, and that of the nation Israel, and the whole world. Because she knew and obeyed the scriptures, the impact of the news was both stunning and staggering. So much so, she broke out in song.
Imagine if your wife was told upfront that the child she bore would be president of the United States. This angelic news was obviously–ridiculously–much more than that! Is the type of miracle Mary experienced one-off? The actual birth of the Savior of the world, certainly yes. But the type, no.
Using this pattern, the Bible says that if I humble myself to the point of acknowledging my dire need of a savior (in true faith), the son of God will instantly descend and reside within me, and do great and mighty things for me, and bless me beyond measure.
Surely every godly young girl dreamed of being the one who would carry the Messiah, but was there a longer shot?
So, in salvation, I do unilaterally–and technically–bow to the Savior. But really, I must admit, why me?
All you can feebly do in attempting to fathom this great mystery, is to break out in song!