1 Samuel 2: 1-11

Hannah’s Song of Thanksgiving

Then Hannah prayed and said,

“My heart exults in the Lord;
My [a]horn is exalted in the Lord,
My mouth [b]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.
[c]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 [d]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.
10 “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 [e]horn of His anointed.”

11 Then Elkanah went to his home at Ramah. But the boy ministered to the Lord before Eli the priest.

Hannah’s song is a chorus of reminder, that God is on the throne, He is is control, and none can succeed (or fail) without His involvement.

If He wishes us to be “successful”, then none can stand in His way. But likewise, if we need to be brought low, there is none who can rescue us but our God.

In all our ways then, we should remember God, seek Him, trust Him, and know that He does what is best for us, no matter how difficult it might seem. Our best interest is always in His heart, even when it seems slow in coming.

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