Saturday, March 17, 2007

My Soul Proclaims Christ's Greatness: Holy is His Name!

While I'm about as Protestant as they come, I have long enjoyed the music of John Michael Talbot. Putting aside, if we can, the occasional misdirected focus on Mary, when JMT is singing the Psalms or other scripture texts; or about Christ, and lifting up and glorifying HIS name, Wow!

Listening the other day, I was struck yet again with his work, Holy is His Name, based on the catholic Magnificat. Not lifting or exalting Mary's name, let's reflect on the words of this song and exalt the name that is above every name - the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth!

Holy Is His Name
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord
And my spirit exults in God my Savior.
For He has looked with mercy on my lowliness
And my name will be forever exalted.
For the mighty God has done great things for me
And His mercy will reach from age to age.
And Holy, Holy, Holy is His name.
And Holy, Holy, Holy is His name.

He has mercy in ev'ry generation,
He has revealed His power and His glory.
He has cast down the mighty in their arrogance,
And has lifted up the meek and the lowly.
He has come to help His servant Israel;
He remembers His promise to our fathers.
And Holy, Holy, Holy is His name.
And Holy, Holy, Holy is His name.
And Holy, Holy, Holy is His name.
(John Michael Talbot, @1980 Birdwing Music/Cherry Lane Music Pub. Co., Inc.,CCLI #799334)

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At 6/20/2007 8:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Magnificat is not "catholic" in the way you describe it, sir. It is Mary's prayer of praise found in the pages of scripture. She sings it in the Spirit after God calls her to bear His Son.

One part of the Magnificat that you - a self-proclaimed Protestant - should pay close attention to is the part where Mary refers to herself saying, "All generations will call me blessed." When was the last time you are any other Protestants referred to Mary as blesssed?

At 6/20/2007 8:00 PM, Blogger TSHusker said...

Thanks for stopping by the blog and posting! I do appreciate it!

Yes, Mary was blessed. No argument there. But Queen of Heaven? - no. Invoking her prayers for us? - no. Exalt her name? - no.

God highly exalted Him - Jesus Christ - and gave Him the name that is above all others! (Phil. 2:9)


At 2/14/2008 4:44 PM, Anonymous R. J. Grigaitis said...

I do not agree with this statement: "The Magnificat is not "catholic" in the way you describe it, sir." The Magnificat IS Catholic, as is the rest of Luke's Gospel, the New Testament, the Bible, and Christianity. I pray the Magnificat every day in Evening Prayer. John Michael Talbot is one of my favourite artistes.

At 9/30/2008 9:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Magnificat is a beautiful song of praise. Thank you for posting this.

Mary's title "Queen of Heaven" is simply meant to honor her as the mother of the "KING of Heaven". In the OT, you see some of the kings honoring their mothers. She is the "queen mother" because she is the mother of the king.

Second, we ask for the intercession of the Saints just as we ask each other for prayers. The saints are very much alive and able to pray. We do not believe they answer prayers, only that they are able to pray on our behalf to the One who can.

I know you may not agree, just wanted to clarify Catholic teaching.

Again, thank you for posting this song. God bless you.

At 10/23/2008 10:36 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

i love the song i sing it at all my freinds churches even thought im catholic, i think you said i very well Holy is HIS Name. but why do you call the magnificat catholic? i thought it was the same in all translation even the king james isnt it?by the way do you have the guitar cord for it?if so please let me know i was haveing a hard time signing in so i just clicked anoymous,thanks susan


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