Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Hannah's Prayer of Thanksgiving
Explanation for verses 1 Samuel 2:1-10 from the MacArthur Study Bible, page 376:
"2:1-10 in contrast to the prayer that came from her bitterness (1:10), Hannah prayed from joy in these verses. The prominent idea in Hannah's prayer is that the Lord is a righteous judge. He had brought down the proud (Peninnah) and exalted the humble (Hannah). The prayer has four sections: 1) Hannah prays to the Lord for his salvation. (2:1-2); 2) Hannah warned the proud of the Lord's humbling (vv. 3-8d); 3) Hannah affirmed the Lord's faithful care for his saints (vv. 8e-9b); 4) Hannah petitioned the Lord to judge the world and to prosper his anointed king (vv. 9c-10e). This prayer has a number of striking verbal similarities with David's song of 2 Samuel 22:2-51: "strength/stronghold" (1 Sam. 2:1; 22:3), "rock" (2:2; 22:2-3), salvation/deliverer (2:1-2; 22:2-3), Sheol (2:6; 22:6), "thunder" (2:10; 22:14), "king" (2:10; 22:51), and "anointed" (2:10; 22:51)."
Let's pray: Dear Lord Jesus, I lift up all who are reading Your words today. Please show the truth to those who do not know the truth. I pray that joy will replace any bitterness in the hearts of those who are hurting. Please heal those who are sick and suffering. I pray for healing for my mom who is very ill. I say these things in Jesus' name. Amen.