His mighty arm has done tremendous things!
He has scattered the proud and haughty ones.
He has brought down princes from their thrones
and exalted the humble.
He has filled the hungry with good things
and sent the rich away with empty hands.
He has helped his servant Israel
and remembered to be merciful.
For he made this promise to our ancestors,
to Abraham and his children forever.” (Luke 1:51-55, NLT)
In yesterday’s post I observed that God’s love brings joy to our lives because its rooted in his character. God does loving things because his character and nature is love. The same is true of his mercy and holiness. His love is certainly our greatest source of joy.
But his love not only produces joy in our lives. It also provides justice for the world. Notice the reversal in Mary’s song of love. Those who are proud, mighty and wealthy do not have the last word. When Jesus came he turned the social order on its head. No longer would a person be defined by their culture, their environment, their economics, education or ethnicity. The proud and powerful would be humbled and the humble and weak would be exalted. Jesus did not just come to provide joy for our lives. He also came to provide justice for an unjust world.