I hope it's a blessing for you. It's such a peaceful and desperate song. Good way to end the week, I think. "Have mercy on me please."
Hannah's Prayer (Part 2)
So we walked through the first half the powerful words- worshipping God for who He is, declaring victory in Him, expressing joy.
The Lord kills and brings to life; he brings down to Sheol and raises up. The Lord makes poor and makes rich; he brings low and he exalts. He raises up the poor from the dust; he lifts the needy from the ash heap to make them sit with princes and inherit a seat of honor. For the pillars of the earth are the Lord's, and on them he has set the world.
I clump these three verses together because they all are dealing with the same theme-same character of God- He is completely in control. Life is in His hands, he determines the way things should go in this life. Now, this separate from the first half of this prayer has the potential of seeming emotionless and distant. But remember the joy of Hannah? The joy of seven sons?! The salvation that God provided through opening her womb? This God of ours is deeply intimate, knows what is best for us. Do you think her praise would have been as deep-her relationship as intimate if she was "normal"? Coming from someone who has a couple abnormalities (that's such an ugly word), no...it wouldn't have been. I personally have learned how profound it is that He is our perfection. As in, we do not have the ability to be perfect and in that lack thereof, we have the opportunity to receive HIS gift of perfection that He works in us throughout our lives. The circumstances we have in this life, if we choose to look to the Lord, give us even deeper insight into who He is and thus result in deeper joy. Don't believe me? Check out Lydia's story here: http://lydiaeileen.blogspot.com/.
“He will guard the feet of his faithful ones, but the wicked shall be cut off in darkness, for not by might shall a man prevail. The adversaries of the Lord shall be broken to pieces; against them he will thunder in heaven. The Lord will judge the ends of the earth; he will give strength to his king and exalt the power of his anointed.”
How precious is it that the Lord guards the feet of His children. Again, think of where Hannah was and how true she felt this to be. God has completely restored her and it was HIS work that brought her to this place. "Not by might shall man prevail"- the strength of an enemy, or even the works of the righteous are not what brings victory. No, it is the power of the most High God who lives and reigns. Our God is strong, He is intentional ("he will give strength to his king and exalt the power of the anointed), and he brings life. And, even more so, he defeats those who come against Him. So for those who trust in His name, there is protection in His power. Do you claim it?
The next prayer I'll work through is David's prayer in 2 Samuel 7:18-29. Thank you for being on this journey with me.