Praise! Exalt! Rejoice!

How are you remembering Advent—Christ’s coming into the world—this Christmas season? Every day during the month of December, join us here to learn a little about the songs of Christmas. Follow along with us as we experience The First Songs of Christmas by Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth, and open the door to wonder.

I love movies. And I often find myself quoting them whenever I feel the situation calls for it. I can remember quotes from movies I watched as a kid, and I still know every song from The Little Mermaid by heart.

In today’s devotional, we find that Mary’s song is full of words from the Old Testament. In Luke 1:46–47, Mary uses words that “roughly mirror” the words of Hannah and sound similar to the words of David: “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.”

Nancy writes:

Mary, despite her lack of formal schooling, despite not having a copy of the Hebrew Scriptures lying around the house—certainly not in every color and size and translation and binding—was a young woman of the Word.

Although Mary didn’t have access to the Scriptures, she was familiar with it. She knew it and remembered it and sang it. As Nancy says, “She loved it . . . so that when she opened her mouth to speak, when she went to the Lord in prayer and praise, what came out was the Word of God.”

How often do we commit the Word of God to memory? This Christmas season, may we commit Mary’s words in the gospel of Luke to memory. “Let us exalt his name together” (Ps. 34:3).

O, Holy Night

Another Christmas carol favorite, “O, Holy Night,” is a French carol translated into English in 1855. Today, may you find familiarity in its words and take to heart its final lyrics: “Christ is the Lord! O praise His Name forever, His power and glory evermore proclaim. His power and glory evermore proclaim.”

Like Mary, let us proclaim His power and glory through the remembrance and recitation of His Holy Word.

O holy night! The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of our dear Savior's birth.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining,
Till He appear’d and the soul felt its worth.

A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.

Fall on your knees!
O hear the angel voices!
O night divine,
O night when Christ was born;
O night divine,
O night, O night Divine.

Led by the light of Faith serenely beaming,
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.
So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming,
Here come the wise men from the Orient land.

The King of Kings lay thus in lowly manger;
In all our trials born to be our friend.

He knows our need,
To our weaknesses no stranger,
Behold your King!
Before Him lowly bend!
Behold your King,
Before Him lowly bend!

Truly He taught us to love one another;
His law is love and His gospel is peace.
Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother;
And in His name all oppression shall cease.

Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
Let all within us praise His holy name.

Christ is the Lord!
O praise His Name forever,
His power and glory
Evermore proclaim.
His power and glory
Evermore proclaim.

Looking for more ways to commit God’s Word to memory? Check out this Revive Our Hearts podcast on “Scripture Memory as a Way of Life” with Veronica Copenhaver.

How has God used the Scripture you’ve memorized to encourage others?

About the Author

Jessica Drews

Jessica Drews

Jessica Drews is a pastor's wife and preschool aide. She also serves as the women's ministry director and an elementary Sunday school teacher at the Midwest church her husband pastors. She loves reading a good book on a rainy day with a cup of coffee and her husband and cat by her side.

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