Hannah prayed: My heart rejoices in the LORD: my horn is lifted up by the LORD. My mouth boasts over my enemies, for I delight in your deliverance. There is no one holy like the LORD; there is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God. Do not keep talking so proudly or let your mouth speak such arrogance, for the LORD is a God of knowledge, and He weighs actions. The bows of the warriors are broken, but the feeble are armed with strength.1 Samuel 2:1-10
Hannah’s poetry was birthed from sorrow. If anyone possesses a sorrowful spirit but can learn to tune their heart towards God as sweetly as she tuned hers, we may find satisfaction to have walked through our griefs. Hannah chooses to magnify the Lord with her words. What a lesson we can learn from Hannah! O Lord, may we learn to express your majesty in our own humble way. May we turn to glorify your beauty and give little attention to our troubles. Trials will teach us how to flow our words like oil from the pressed olives. May the Lord be praised, and His love commended in the best terms our speech can come at, and may the Lord grant us the knowledge that this resulting fruit was worth the suffering.
If we honestly searched, we would discover that many of us are not fit to receive a great blessing until we have gone through the furnace of affliction. Hannah gained divine grace in her great sorrow. Her name stands among the highly-favored women because of what she did during her time of sorrow. We, too, can be like Hannah and shine brightly among the faithful. May we pick up our burdens and take them to the Cross of Christ. We shall not become murmurers as well as mourners. In your season of heaviness through manifold temptations, anticipate the delightful results of good fruit as a result of how you choose to respond at that time.
It was by suffering in patience that she became so brave a witness for the Lord and could so sweetly sing, “There is none holy as the Lord, neither is there any rock like our God.” We cannot bear testimony unless we test the promise and, therefore, happy is the person whom the Lord tests and qualifies to leave a testimony to the world that God is faithful. Yes, Lord, You are faithful! We sing praise to Your name because you turn our sorrow to joy.
In His Grace,
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