Friday, March 27, 2009

Hannah's Prayer of Thanks

These are a few of my thoughts about how Hannah could give her miracle child to the priest to raise up in the service of the Lord. Nothing in the scriptures reveals that she had any hope of having more children and even her husband was accepting of the decision. As I meditate on thoughts like this and also read Hannah's prayer of thanks given right before she hands Samuel over to the priest ... I think that today's Christians have somehow lost sight of something so important to our collective faith. I think Hannah, Elkanah and all the "barren" couples we discussed in this series had a better understanding of God, his significance, his holiness, his awesome wonder ... they understood this better than we do. These people - our examples in faith - were truly in awe of God.

Read Hannah's prayer and think about God - really think about Him and ask yourself "why not me? If this is only a tiny piece of who God is, first, I want to understand Him better, but second, is anything really impossible for a God like this?"

Hannah's Song of Thanksgiving
1 Samuel 2:1-10 KJV

Then Hannah prayed and said,
"My heart exults in the LORD;
My horn is exalted in the LORD,
My mouth speaks boldly against my enemies,
Because I rejoice in Your salvation.
"There is no one holy like the LORD,
Indeed, there is no one besides You,
Nor is there any rock like our God.
"Boast no more so very proudly,
Do not let arrogance come out of your mouth;
For the LORD is a God of knowledge,
And with Him actions are weighed.
"The bows of the mighty are shattered,
But the feeble gird on strength.
"Those who were full hire themselves out for bread,
But those who were hungry cease to hunger.
Even the barren gives birth to seven,
But she who has many children languishes.
The LORD kills and makes alive;
He brings down to Sheol and raises up.
The LORD makes poor and rich;
He brings low, He also exalts.
He raises the poor from the dust,
He lifts the needy from the ash heap
To make them sit with nobles,
And inherit a seat of honor;
For the pillars of the earth are the LORD'S,
And He set the world on them.
"He keeps the feet of His godly ones,
But the wicked ones are silenced in darkness;
For not by might shall a man prevail.
Those who contend with the LORD will be shattered;
Against them He will thunder in the heavens,
The LORD will judge the ends of the earth;
And He will give strength to His king,
And will exalt the horn of His anointed."

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