Everlasting God – Brenton Brown
O Praise Him – David Crowder* Band
Victory – Gateway Worship
How Great Thou Art – Traditional
Desert Song – Hillsong United
Here we have Hannah giving thanks to God for the miracle of her conception. As we saw last week, she was barren, but God gave her a son. In return, she dedicated him to a life of service in the temple. This praise that she has for God is pretty cool. She isn’t trying to interject anything of herself, she’s just telling everybody how awesome God is. She’s telling God how awesome He is. Here’s a few excerpts:
And Hannah prayed and said,
“My heart exults in the LORD; my horn is exalted in the LORD.
My mouth derides my enemies, because I rejoice in your salvation.
“There is none holy like the LORD: for there is none besides you;
there is no rock like our God.
The LORD makes poor and makes rich; he brings low and he exalts.
He raises up the poor from the dust; he lifts the needy from the ash heap
to make them sit with princes and inherit a seat of honor.
The adversaries of the LORD shall be broken to pieces;
against them he will thunder in heaven.
The LORD will judge the ends of the earth;
he will give strength to his king and exalt the horn of his anointed.”
A few themes:
1) There is nobody like God. Duh. He’s GOD. I need to be reminded of this though because it’s way too easy to forget.
2) God is in control at all times. On top of that, He doesn’t necessarily follow our expectations. In Hannah’s case, He gave her a child. In her praise, He takes the poor and makes them rich, giving them opportunities they would never have in and of themselves.
3) God is judge, and all will answer to Him. It’s interesting to note that Peninah (Hannah’s rival) is never heard from again from this point forward. Hannah continues to bear children, six in all.
So the really cool thing here is how Hannah praises God for who He is, even though the circumstances weren’t perfect for her. She knew that she was rarely going to see her firstborn son, but she also knew that God was going to get massive glory through it. Samuel turns out to be one of Israel’s greatest prophets.
Take home: praise God, even when circumstances don’t necessarily look perfect; God knows what He’s doing. And it’s going to be awesome.
The chapter has a bunch of other stuff about Eli’s sons really messing things up in the temple, but I think I’ll leave this post as it is for now.
Fact of Life: I don’t care how many times I sing it, How Great Thou Art is still my favorite ever. Seriously.