My Soul Magnifies the Lord | An Edifying Christmastime Read

Several people have asked Women’s Hope Project this year for a suggested holiday reading. I really didn’t have anything until yesterday. As I was doing some long overdue cleaning in my bedroom I found a couple of treasures. One was my earring I lost in March and the other was this jewel. I was so glad I had also gone to what I call my “basket o Puritans and Reformers” to find what I should read next. When I found My Soul Magnifies the Lord by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, it was a no-brainer that I should check this out for those of you who have been inquiring of a good Christmas read. 

I know, “The Doctor” was not a Puritan nor from the Reformation era. No hate mail, please! I simply value his material as much as a Luther, Watson, Spurgeon and the likes so much that his material resides right with the rest of my “oldie but goodies.” 

If you are not familiar with D. Martin Lloyd-Jones, you are in for a blessing!  “The Doctor” was actually a medical doctor, and one day he was convicted that he was saving lives for them to only be ushered into hell some day. He later became a minister. The Westminster Chapel in London was packed literally to the ceiling as he exposited God’s Word. His impact for the kingdom was a true treasure. 

This is a wonderful little read to begin to acquaint yourself with “The Doctor” as well as whet your appetite for some of his lengthier reads such as Sermon on the Mount.  We actually loved his commentaries on Romans so much, at one time, we owned two sets. My Soul Magnifies the Lord is the perfect place to begin NOW as we enter the holiday season. It is a very easy read. Just by reading a few pages a day, you will be done before we celebrate the birth of our risen Savior! 

Lloyd-Jones skillfully takes you through the words of Jesus’ mother, Mary, a teenager who has just found out God has chosen her to give birth to the Messiah. This passage is known as The Magnificat.  His personal encouragement for us through this passage is to “better test our understanding of the meaning of the Incarnation.”

Luke 1:46-55:
46 And Mary said:
“My soul exalts the Lord,
47 And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior.
48 “For He has had regard for the humble state of His bondslave;
For behold, from this time on all generations will count me blessed.
49 “For the Mighty One has done great things for me;
And holy is His name.
50 “And His mercy is upon generation after generation
Toward those who fear Him.
51 “He has done mighty deeds with His arm;
He has scattered those who were proud in the thoughts of their heart.
52 “He has brought down rulers from their thrones,
And has exalted those who were humble.
53 “He has filled the hungry with good things;
And sent away the rich empty-handed.
54 “He has given help to Israel His servant,
In remembrance of His mercy,
55 As He spoke to our fathers,
To Abraham and his descendants forever.”
56 And Mary stayed with her about three months, and then returned to her home.

D.M. Lloyd-Jones book is written just as he preaches; expositionally.

NO. FLUFF. HERE! 

In four short chapters, he systematically begins with the greatness of God and ends with the humility of His servant’s heart.  My heart was so hopeful in this read as he reminded me to not lose hope on those not yet saved. He is able! We are called not only to reflect but also called to worship as we think carefully and practically apply the truths that are shared in this sweet yet brief read. 

I strongly encourage you to start the season with this read in order to preserve your focus on Christ when world shouts, “stay busy, distracted and as far from the Savior as possible.”  

Let us know what you think of this treasured Christmas read!