After Elizabeth spoke the words (among others) in the verse above to Mary upon her arrival, Mary responded with this beautiful "song"...
"My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has looked on the humble estate of his servant.
For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed;
for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name.
And his mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation.
He has shown strength with his arm;
he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts;
he has brought down the mighty from their thrones
and exalted those of humble estate;
he has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has helped his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy,
as he spoke to our fathers,
to Abraham and to his offspring forever."
Do you hear it? Do you hear the blessing that comes with believing and living in God's truth and promises He gives us? Mary was yet a humble servant but stood firm in God's truth. She recognized His mercy and understood His justice.
She received what God spoke to her with confidence but humbly recognized it was from God and gave Him the praise for it. And she was blessed! Listen to her pure and utter delight and joy in her King of Kings! It came from her soul.
How often do we walk around defeated simply because we do not believe and receive God's promises and desire to bless us? We lose out on so much joy and satisfaction when we walk around doubting how valuable we are to the Lord and how awesome following His ways is.
It's funny how we often hear so much about giving at Christmas, which is indeed important, but let's also not forget to receive the blessing of CHRISTmas and walk in the experience of true peace, love, hope and joy of Christ coming.