Thursday 14th September 2017

1 Samuel 2: 1-11 (NKJV)

And Hannah prayed and said: “My heart rejoices in the Lord; My horn is exalted in the Lord. I smile at my enemies, Because I rejoice in Your salvation. 2“No one is holy like the Lord, For there is none besides You, Nor is there any rock like our God. 3“Talk no more so very proudly; Let no arrogance come from your mouth, For the Lord is the God of knowledge; And by Him actions are weighed. 4“The bows of the mighty men are broken, And those who stumbled are girded with strength. 5Those who were full have hired themselves out for bread, And the hungry have ceased to hunger. Even the barren has borne seven, And she who has many children has become feeble. 6“The Lord kills and makes alive; He brings down to the grave and brings up. 7The Lord makes poor and makes rich; He brings low and lifts up. 8He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the beggar from the ash heap, To set them among princes And make them inherit the throne of glory. “For the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s, And He has set the world upon them. 9He will guard the feet of His saints, But the wicked shall be silent in darkness. “For by strength no man shall prevail. 10The adversaries of the Lord shall be broken in pieces; From heaven He will thunder against them. The Lord will judge the ends of the earth. “He will give strength to His king, And exalt the horn of His anointed.” 11Then Elkanah went to his house at Ramah. But the child ministered to the Lord before Eli the priest.

When Hannah dedicated Samuel to the Lord at Shiloh, she expressed her gratitude to God in prayer. This time, her prayer was not that of petition but praise (v. 1). Her heart rejoiced and her horn was lifted high. The Lord did it for her. Weeping may endure for the night but joy comes in the morning (Ps 30: 5b). May this also be your experience in any matter for which you are waiting on the Lord. In her song of praise, she recognized the futility of man’s effort without God and the sovereignty of God in her life and situation. Her experience of barrenness gave her the privilege of seeing different attributes of God.

In vs. 2-8, she saw God as Rock, Omniscient, Omnipotent and a perfect Judge. What would your song of praise to God say about Him?  Do you understand that any success in life and ministry comes from the Lord?  He alone crowns all your efforts with success. Hannah understood this fact and praised God. Christians must also understand that: “the race is neither to the swift nor the battle to the strong” (Eccl 9: 11a). Let us therefore, live in total dependence on God’s sovereignty over our lives and situations.

Prayer: Lord, please crown my efforts with Your success.