**8 April 2013**
1 Samuel 2
New Living Translation (NLT)
Hannah’s Prayer of Praise
2 Then Hannah prayed:
“My heart rejoices in the Lord!
The Lord has made me strong.[a
Now I have an answer for my enemies;
I rejoice because you rescued me.
2 No one is holy like the Lord!
There is no one besides you;
there is no Rock like our God.
3 “Stop acting so proud and haughty!
Don’t speak with such arrogance!
For the Lord is a God who knows what you have done;
he will judge your actions.
4 The bow of the mighty is now broken,
and those who stumbled are now strong.
5 Those who were well fed are now starving,
and those who were starving are now full.
The childless woman now has seven children,
and the woman with many children wastes away.
6 The Lord gives both death and life;
he brings some down to the grave[b
] but raises others up.
7 The Lord makes some poor and others rich;
he brings some down and lifts others up.
8 He lifts the poor from the dust
and the needy from the garbage dump.
He sets them among princes,
placing them in seats of honor.
For all the earth is the Lord’s,
and he has set the world in order.
9 “He will protect his faithful ones,
but the wicked will disappear in darkness.
No one will succeed by strength alone.
10 Those who fight against the Lord will be shattered.
He thunders against them from heaven;
the Lord judges throughout the earth.
He gives power to his king;
he increases the strength[c
] of his anointed one.”
11 Then Elkanah returned home to Ramah without Samuel. And the boy
served the Lord by assisting Eli the priest.
This is the response of a woman who knew God’s blessing and provision
in her life: a descriptive account of God’s sovereignty and power;
worship that wells out of a grateful heart.
The church of today lacks deep, descriptive praise like this of
Hannah’s. Our words are often shallow; our praise is repetitive; we
thank God for the same 5 things over and over while ignoring the
thousands of other things He has done; we speak of 3 or 4 of His great
qualities while ignoring the many others. We need to step our praise
up to a level that requires proper thought and understanding.
Hannah clearly knew God. She knew who He was and she knew what He had
done. How many of us could say we have a full memory of things God has
done for us and for the people we love? I have often encouraged the
congregation in various churches to think of 10 things to praise God
for, and to stand when they have all 10. I am also disappointed at how
long it takes us to think of even just 10 things to give God praise
A CALL TO ACTION
Today, let your praise be different. Just for today, don’t thank God
for the things you always thank Him for; and don’t mention the
qualities about Him that you always mention. Take some time to allow
your praise to be new, descriptive and heart felt today. Think of
God’s qualities that you don’t often think about and thank Him for
those (for example, how often do you thank God for his justice?).
Think of the things He has done in your life and thank Him for those
(for example, how often do you thank Jesus that He is interceding on
your behalf before the Father or for the person that invited you to
church when you gave your life to God?)
A PRAYER TO PRAY
Today I am not going to suggest a prayer for you, rather, allow your
inner creativity to bring forth words of praise and adoration.
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