Thursday January 18, 2024
Scripture: 1 Samuel 2 Then Hannah prayed and said:
“My heart rejoices in the Lord;
in the Lord my horn is lifted high.
My mouth boasts over my enemies,
for I delight in your deliverance.
2 “There is no one holy like the Lord;
there is no one besides you;
there is no Rock like our God.
Meditation: Those who sacrifice unrestrainedly in service to the Lord are most likely to worship the Lord with the same unrestrained heartfelt praise!
– Too often we mistakenly think of great sacrifice as cause for lament rather than exuberant praise! In fulfilling her vow to the Lord to give her son in faithful service to the Lord all the days of his life, Hannah’s heart exploded with this song of praise and worship.
– One might think it inappropriate to praise and worship the Lord when giving up so very much; however, there are many accounts of God’s people recorded in the scriptures choosing to worship the Lord even as they counted the heavy cost of living by faith. Job was one who after suffering tremendous loss and heartache chose instead of cursing God, to worship the Lord saying, Job 1:21 … “The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.”
– Paul and Silas chose to worship and to praise the Lord in the Philippian jail cell after suffering unjustly for the witness, Acts 16. When we choose to praise God in the face of great sacrifice or loss, we are exercising extreme faith!
– It is one thing to sing praises to the Lord and to worship fervently when everything is going our way; however, when we lift up our praises to God in the knowledge that our faith has cost us everything, our faith is being toughened and strengthened even as iron ore is tempered into steel.
– Hannah willfully gave the pearl of her heart over to God, yet she sang out in praise, “My heart rejoices in the Lord; in the Lord my horn is lifted high”! While the enemy of her soul might try to torment her over her loss, her triumphant rebuke was, “My mouth boasts over my enemies, for I delight in your deliverance”! Hannah knew Deliverance! Not defeat! Because her hope was in the Lord the Author and perfector of her faith!