13_To Our Fathers and Their Posterity Forever

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.

Study Audio

 

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…
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*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).

Episode Resources

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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5 thoughts on “13_To Our Fathers and Their Posterity Forever

  1. Sonja, wonderful job on this series, I loved it so much. Thank you for the show notes, they are a great help!

    I have a lot of non-Catholic friends who are missing out on loving our Blessed Mother. I don’t understand how they can think that the Mother of our Savior was not special. It does not compute in my mind. Why would we be commanded to honor our own mother but not the Mother of God? I pray that the Holy Spirit will enlighten them!

    I am excited about your eschatology series…Should be interesting… Have a Blessed Holy Week & Easter.

  2. Thank you so much for doing this series! It’s been a great Lenten journey for me. Also, I’ve really enjoyed your LOVE the Word study each week. Looking forward to the next Bible Study!

  3. Thank you and bless you, Sonja. Your teaching is helping me to grow and love the Lord and our Lady so much more.

  4. Sonja, Thank You so much for letting us spend time on the porch with you. There is no place else I would rather be then sharing and listening to scripture with you and peacocks. Thank You for the this series on Mary I learn so much. I grow up in the Baptist church and converted to catholicism at the age of sixteen. So I was never really taught very much about our Blessed Mother. Thank you for sharing the love you have for her with us, I learned so much with this study. Can’t wait for the new study to begin. My you and your family have a JOYOUS EASTER. GOD BLESS

  5. Hi Sonja, Your reflections on each of us being a unique song sung from the heart of God strikes a chord in me :). The trinity comes to mind. Please correct my language, I can’t think of the correct terms at this moment; The Father eternally begets the Son, the Son in turn gives Himself back to the Father and in this omnipotent exchange of divine persons is generated the Holy Spirit! And the devastating reality is the life, death and resurrection of Jesus gaines us entry into this divine exchange, this eternal life. What a profound privilege! So your words or ideas are not strange at all to me. If the Bible says that God spoke us and everything else into being it’s not far fetched to think that we are His song. Here I’ll just sit and worship, praise and thank Him for a moment! How can we not in turn sing our song of praise back to Him in whatever unique and singular voice He has given us!? So if it’s seems little to be who we are; a mother, father, son or daughter, a baker or candlestick maker ha ha, I say look again at how easy and possible God has made it for us to correspond to Him, (think of your child’s drawing hanging on your refrigerator:) and your song will become shouts of joy! I will never dread cleaning the bathroom floor again! Happy Easter! Xo <3 Dora

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