"The Annunciation" painting by Jen Norton

Today: Psalms 34:1-10; Luke 1:39-56; Numbers 2:10-34; Numbers 3

Psalms 34

“Taste and see that the LORD is good; how blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!” Psalms 34:8

Oh David, he sings my heart song! Psalms 34 is one of my favorites. I am the “wretched man [who] cried out, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.” (v.6)

It is impossible to understand how wonderful the Lord is until you dip your foot into His glory. You can’t just peek in from the outside and get it. His goodness must be tasted to comprehend. But once you get a taste of it, once you glimpse His amazing love, really feel it, you will want more.

The first step is the only one that requires blind faith. Once you’ve begun the journey of seeking Him, little by little He reveals Himself to you. He slowly removes the human blinders. The deeper you journey into Him, the more He will spiritually bless you with joy, wisdom, understanding, peace… you will “not lack any good thing.” (v.10)

This is my experience. This is why “I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.” (v.1) Please, today won’t you “exalt the LORD with me?” “Let’s exalt His name together!” (v.3)

"The Canticle of Mary (Magnificat)" painting by Jen Norton

Luke 1 – The Magnificat

“Blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what had been spoken to her by the Lord.” (v.45)

Can you imagine this historic meeting between these two blessed women? Both of them were carrying miraculous children of promise. John the Baptist leapt in Elizabeth’s womb at the sound of Mary’s voice. Elizabeth was instantly filled with the Holy Spirit. Mary was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied. Even their unborn sons were filled. The room must have been absolutely electric with Holy Spirit!

Mary believed! And she was chosen by God to carry His Son, the Messiah, the Savior of the World, within her womb! Blessed Mary! How magnificent!