The pulse of life within my wrist / A fallen snow, a rising mist / There is no higher praise than this / And my soul wells up / O my soul wells up / Yes my soul wells up with hallelujahs.
Oh praise Him all His mighty works / There is no language where you can’t be heard / Your song goes out to all the earth / Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah! / O hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah!
Songwriters: CHRIS RICE, CHRISTOPHER M. RICE © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
LOVE the Word(TM) is a Bible study method based on Mary’s own practice. This week’s LOVE the Word(TM) exercise is based on an Thomistic* personality approach. Go on! Try it!
Listen (Receive the Word)
“The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard; yet their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world” (Ps 19:1-4).
Observe (Connect the passage to recent events.)
Study carefully these verses of praise, themselves a song, like the Magnificat.
Who and what is this psalm about?
Where and when does this song take place?
Why and how is praise occurring?
Verbalize (Pray about your thoughts and emotions.)
Who, what, where, when, why and how, do you want to thank and praise God for right now?
Entrust (May it be done to me according to your word!)
Lord, you are my beloved, and I am yours…there is no higher praise than this…hallelujah…
*LOVE the Word(TM) exercises, vary weekly according to the four personalities, or “prayer forms,” explored in Prayer and Temperament, by Chester Michael and Marie Norrisey: Ignatian, Augustinian, Franciscan, and Thomistic.
Scripture References for the Show
Luke 1:46-55, the words of the Magnificat
And Mary said:
“My soul magnifies the Lord,
47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 for he has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden.
For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed;
49 for he who is mighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
50 And his mercy is on those who fear him
from generation to generation.
51 He has shown strength with his arm,
he has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts,
52 he has put down the mighty from their thrones,
and exalted those of low degree;
53 he has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent empty away.
54 He has helped his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy,
55 as he spoke to our fathers,
to Abraham and to his posterity for ever.”
Song in the Bible
Song of Creation
- Job 38:6-7, The angels sang at the creation of the cosmos.
- Psalm 19:1-4, All creation sings praise simply by being what it was made to be.
- Zephaniah 3:17, God Himself sings and dances (“rejoices”) over His people in a new, spiritual creation.
- (NAB-A) The LORD, your God, is in your midst, a mighty savior; He will rejoice over you with gladness, and renew you in his love, He will sing joyfully because of you,
- (NJB) Yahweh your God is there with you, the warrior-Saviour. He will rejoice over you with happy song, he will renew you by his love, he will dance with shouts of joy for you,
- (RSV-CE) The LORD, your God, is in your midst, a warrior who gives victory; he will rejoice over you with gladness, he will renew you in his love; he will exult over you with loud singing
- “Rejoice” is translated from a Hebrew word, a primitive root; properly to spin around (under the influence of any violent emotion), that is, usually rejoice… : – be glad, joy, be joyful, rejoice.
- The Hebrew word means to “spin around under violent emotion,” or basically to dance. So Zep 3:17 is more accurately translated as, “Yahweh your God in your midst, the Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His Love, He will dance over you with singing.”
- “My spirit rejoices in God my Savior…” (Luke 1:47).
Song of the Soul
- Luke 1:46-55, Mary’s Magnificat
- Psalms – a psalm is a song
- Song of Songs, the song of all songs, the song of the soul and God
- Song 8:10, “Then I became in his eyes as one who found peace.” Peace means consummation in this context, and it is found in His song of fire-love for you (8:6, 10).
All this time the Lion’s song, and his stately prowl, to and fro, backward and forward, was going on…Polly was finding the song more and more interesting because she thought she was beginning to see the connection between the music and the things that were happening. When a line of dark firs sprang up on a ridge about a hundred yards away she felt that they were connected with a series of deep, prolonged notes which the Lion had sung a second before. And when he burst into a rapid series of lighter notes she was not surprised to see primroses suddenly appearing in every direction. Thus, with an unspeakable thrill, she felt quite certain that all the things were coming (as she said) “out of the Lion’s head.” When you listened to his song you heard the thing he was making up: when you looked round you, you saw them. (The Magician’s Nephew, C.S. Lewis).
The next thing I saw was one of the beings before the Throne rising up from a kneeling position. This being rose up like an elevator rising up from the bottom floor to the top slowly. . . After this being had finished rising, it opened its mouth and broke the silence that was taking place. It started to sing in a language I understood but knew was not an earthly language. This language seemed to be this being’s own language, but I understood it. The sound that came out of its mouth was beautiful and yet, just one note. It came from the innermost part of its being. . .
Now the notes that were coming out out of this beautiful being were one note at a time . . . I could see the notes coming out of the being’s mouth. They had substance to them. . . You could hold them and walk on them. You could hear and experience each note that came out of this being’s mouth.
This being kept singing and producing music until it filled the atmosphere with the sound of these notes. These notes finally ended up entering the Father on the Throne. . . When this being finally reached an apex or top of praise, the being stopped and bowed back on it knees, like slowly going down in an elevator. (In Heaven!, Dean Braxton).
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