For all the earth is the LORD’s, and he has set the world in order. – 1 Samuel 2:8
1 Samuel 2:1-10
1 Then Hannah prayed: My heart rejoices in the LORD! The LORD has made me strong. 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
6 The LORD gives both death and life; he brings some down to the grave but raises others up.
7 The LORD makes some poor and others rich; he brings some down and lifts others up.
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 of his anointed one.
Dogs are known for their loyalty and friendship. They show their thankfulness and affection in various ways. Although they are incapable of verbal expression, they have unique ways of communicating and expressing emotions.
Canines commonly show thankfulness through their body language: a wagging tail, happy panting, a relaxed posture, snuggling, and licking their owners’ faces.
In addition to these physical signs, dogs can show their thankfulness through their actions. For example, they may bring their owner a toy or follow them from room to room, demonstrating love and gratitude. They have their own unique ways of showing affection and thankfulness and eagerly do so.
Thankfulness is a delightful, uplifting emotion to experience. Father has provided a way for people to show gratitude and appreciation: prayer.
1 Samuel 2:1-10 describes a song of thanksgiving and praise sung by Hannah, the mother of Samuel. The passage is sometimes referred to as the “Song of Hannah.” In this passage, Hannah expresses her gratitude to the Father for answering her prayers and giving her a son, Samuel, whom she dedicated to the Father’s service. Hannah acknowledges the Father’s power and grace and gives thanks for the blessings she has received. Hannah’s song is a beautiful expression of faith and gratitude.
Hannah begins her song by declaring that the Lord is her rock, fortress, and savior and that she will not be afraid because the Lord is with her. In 1 Samuel 2:3-5, she contrasts the Lord’s power and wisdom with the weakness and foolishness of humanity, stating that the Lord brings down the mighty and lifts up the humble.
Hannah gets very personal and declares that the Father makes the barren woman a joyful mother of children. She then acknowledges that the Lord is the one who judges the earth and gives power to those he chooses.
In 1 Samuel 2:9-10, Hannah concludes her song by declaring that the Lord watches over His holy ones but brings death to those who behave wickedly. She also affirms that the Father’s hand is not too short to save and that He is the one who will judge the earth with justice.
The passage highlights Hannah’s deep faith in God and her gratitude for His blessings. She sings that God is the one who judges the world and provides for those who trust in Him and that His power and might are beyond compare. This song is an example of the kind of devotion and trust in God that is praised in the Bible, and it encourages readers to have a similar faith and trust in God.
Overall, this passage is a beautiful expression of faith and gratitude, in which Hannah acknowledges the Lord’s power and grace and thanks for the blessings she has received.
REFLECT & PRAY
“Life without thankfulness is devoid of love and passion. Hope without thankfulness is lacking in fine perception. Faith without thankfulness lacks strength and fortitude. Every virtue divorced from thankfulness is maimed and limps along the spiritual road” (John Henry Jowett).
Father thank You that You are sovereign. You are gracious and all-powerful. You intervene in the space-time continuum to achieve Your purpose and will. May Your will be done on earth as it is.
Hannah had never had children, which was very sad for any married woman in ancient Israel. For such women, their identity and sense of self-respect were tied to bearing children. Because she was barren, Hannah was taunted, teased, and mocked. She was the victim of cruel bullying year after year.
1 Samuel 1:6-7
6 So Peninnah would taunt Hannah and make fun of her because the LORD had kept her from having children.
7 Year after year, it was the same – Peninnah would taunt Hannah as they went to the Tabernacle. Each time, Hannah would be reduced to tears and would not even eat.
Throughout history, many women have faced similar hardships and heartaches. Hannah models for everyone how to overcome such tragedy and cruelty. She stands strong in her faith and trust in the Father, pouring out her heart to Him in tearful prayers. The Father heard her cries and answered her prayer with kindness and grace.
1 Samuel 2:8 The foundations of the earth belong to the LORD, and he has placed the world on them.
In the ancient world, many cultures and people groups believed that the earth was flat and supported by pillars. The nation of Israel was among them. How do we make sense of this idea? It speaks of the Father’s supreme control over the world and all its inhabitants. The Father can shape the course of history and bring hope and comfort to those who trust in Him.
The Hebrew word translated as pillars is matsuq. Matsuq refers to an upright pillar, a tall, vertical, cylindrical structure. It is used for support. Hence, the earth itself. It is reasonable to translate “The LORD is the owner of the foundations on which the world sits” or, as CEV has translated the last two lines together, “You set the world on foundations, and they belong to you” (UBS).
Psalms 24:1 The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it. The world and all its people belong to him.
“Since he created the world and maintains it, God has the power and the right to intervene in its affairs and rearrange the fortunes of men according to his sovereign will” (James E. Smith). As the designer, creator, and owner of the world, the Father has sovereignty over it. What happens on planet Earth is under His watchful care.
This comforting fact is the centerpiece of Hannah’s faith and confidence. She poured out her heart and humbly requested the Father’s intervention in her life. She was overjoyed and grateful when the Father answered her prayer and blessed her with the birth of Samuel. With a grateful heart, she sang praises to Him, acknowledging His power to rearrange the fortunes of people and His gracious provision in her life.
Hannah demonstrates in-depth knowledge and comprehension of the Father’s character, lovingkindness, and mighty works. She knows what God is like.
That is the foundation of her faith and song.
“We can smile at our enemies when we remember that we serve a God who takes great delight in saving and redeeming us. When we rejoice in the Lord, and not merely in His blessings, we find a joy known nowhere else” (Stanley).
© Dr. H 2023