What Does Luke 1:53 Mean?

He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away.

Luke 1:53(KJV)

Verse Thoughts

In her glorious song of praise to God for the great gift that lay hidden in her secret place, Mary celebrates the grace, mercy and faithfulness of God, pronouncing an eternal truth that rejoices all who seek after the Lord with a needy heart, in humility of spirit and a deep hungering longing for Him. The whole of mankind, whether they be rich or poor, sinner or saved - all rely upon God's grace and bounty, for man cannot so much as draw a single breath, to either bless or curse the God Who made their mouth and knit them together in their mother's womb - for He alone upholds all creation by the word of His mighty power.

The attitudes of the poor and the rich are starkly contrasted. The hungry man is filled with good things, while the rich person is sent away quite empty. One reaches out to his Lord in want and need, in humble dependency and childlike trust and is given abundant supply, pressed down and running over, while the other approaches God with his own self-satisfied importance and foolish, prideful fancy - desiring even more of the trite baubles of worldly lust that only sufficed the cravings of the flesh momentarily - and that one is sent away, quite empty.

Mary like her favoured cousin Elisabeth, and Anna the aged, praying prophetess, had nurtured hearts that looked and longed for the consolation of Israel and they were heartily satisfied. But the greedy Herod and prideful Pharisees were left devoid of any tokens of God's favour towards them. They did not seek after godly righteousness and were deprived of the heavenly nourishment their souls truly needed. God does indeed fill the hungry, searching soul with good things but the rich He simply sends empty away.

Whatever the circumstances of our individual lives, whether we be rich or poor by worldly standards, let each of us come to the Lord confessing our need of Him in all areas of our life, by depending on Him to supply all our needs according to His riches in Christ.

Let us approach Him in humility of heart and poverty of spirit, for He has promised to fill all those that hunger for Him with good things, both in this life and in the age to come, while those that come to Him in selfish, self-satisfied pride and carnality of soul will receive the bitter fruit of inner emptiness. Come to Me and I Will.

My Prayer

Loving Father, increase my longing and desire for You, for I realise it is only as I seek You in poverty of spirit that my heart is fully satisfied. And Father I trust You Lord to supply all my temporal needs as well as my spiritual ones - and so I pray in Jesus name, that You will create in me an ever-deeper heart-longing for You, AMEN.

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