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. Luke 1:46-48 (NASB)
A good deal of pride lurks behind the outward show of humility we see in the world today. People put themselves down but don’t want others to look down on them….
They decline honors, but they really want more honors to follow them. They appear to avoid prominence, but they still want to be praised and don’t want to deal with unimportant matters.
Yet in this passage, Mary says little about herself except that she is a servant. She was content to remain in her lowly position the rest of her life. She never gave any thought to her own glory or honor. She wasn’t even aware of her own humility. Humility is so fragile and sensitive that it’s not capable of looking at itself. Only God can look at it, as we read in Psalm 113:5-9.