Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from 1 Samuel 2:1-10. In this Scripture, we find a prayer which was made into a song called the Song of Hannah. It is a song of praise to the LORD.
In chapter one, we learned that Hannah was one of the wives of Elkanah, his other wife had children, but Hannah hadn’t been blessed with children. She was very upset about her barrenness so she poured her heart out to God and promised Him if He would give her a son she would dedicate him to God. God heard Hannah’s cry, answered her prayer and gave her a son, whom she called Samuel.
Once Hannah weaned Samuel she took him to the temple and left him there to grow up and learn about God. Even though it was hard, Hannah kept her promise since she promised God she would dedicate Samuel to Him.
This prayer the dedication Hannah said when she took Samuel to the temple. Hannah rejoiced in the LORD and in His salvation, her strength (horn) was in the LORD. When we talk about salvation we mean our past sins have been forgiven. We are being sanctified daily from the sins of the flesh and we will be glorified in the future.
Hannah acknowledges there is no one as holy as the LORD. There is no rock like God. Let’s look at some other places in the Bible where God is called, “the rock.” Psalm 95:1 says, “O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.” In Psalm 78:35, we read, “And they remembered that God was their rock, and the high God their redeemer.”
Hannah reminds us not to boast and be proud because knowledge comes from the LORD, and He knows the intent of our actions. She tells us strong men will be broken down, and the weak will be made strong. The ones who were full work for bread and the ones who were hungry were filled. The one who was barren had children, and the one who had many children was feeble. This was probably directed at the other wife because there was strife between them since Hannah hadn’t been able to have children up to this point.
As you read through this Scripture notice when you see the word LORD what Hannah says about Him. She talks about His power and how He has the power to both give life and take it. She says the LORD makes the rich and the poor. He expects those of us who have more to help those who are less fortunate. God created the world and put it all together.
In verse 10 Hannah talks about things that will happen in the future such as God’s adversaries being destroyed and God judging the world. Then she talks about God giving His strength to the king and He will exalt Him. This king she is talking about is Jesus Christ.
Daily Bible Reading:
1 Samuel 2:1-10
1 And Hannah prayed, and said, My heart rejoiceth in the LORD, mine horn is exalted in the LORD: my mouth is enlarged over mine enemies; because I rejoice in thy salvation.
2 There is none holy as the LORD: for there is none beside thee: neither is there any rock like our God.
3 Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let not arrogancy come out of your mouth: for the LORD is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed.
4 The bows of the mighty men are broken, and they that stumbled are girded with strength.
5 They that were full have hired out themselves for bread; and they that were hungry ceased: so that the barren hath born seven; and she that hath many children is waxed feeble.
6 The LORD killeth, and maketh alive: he bringeth down to the grave, and bringeth up.
7 The LORD maketh poor, and maketh rich: he bringeth low, and lifteth up.
8 He raiseth up the poor out of the dust, and lifteth up the beggar from the dunghill, to set them among princes, and to make them inherit the throne of glory: for the pillars of the earth are the LORD’S, and he hath set the world upon them.
9 He will keep the feet of his saints, and the wicked shall be silent in darkness; for by strength shall no man prevail.
10 The adversaries of the LORD shall be broken to pieces; out of heaven shall he thunder upon them: the LORD shall judge the ends of the earth; and he shall give strength unto his king, and exalt the horn of his anointed.
Things to think about:
- What does Hannah mean when she says God is our rock?
- Have you accepted the King of Kings as your Savior? If so, describe your experience.
- Hannah says the LORD is the God of knowledge, do you ask Him for wisdom? In what instances has He given you wisdom?
- How do you praise God for the blessings He has given you?
Prayer of the Day:
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank You for this song of prayer and thanksgiving Hannah sang to You to praise You and thank You for answering her prayer. In this Scripture, we are reminded of Your power and strength. We’re also reminded that You are in control. You are our rock and our redeemer. Help us to always remember to pray to You as You said in Your Word that You would give us the desires of our hearts, as You did Hannah. Help us to remember to always praise You and give thanks to You for answering our prayers, as Hannah did. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
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About the Book:
The Book of 1 Samuel: Prophets, Priests, and Kings by Deborah H. Bateman is a Daily Bible Reading Study of the book of 1 Samuel. This is the 31st book in the Daily Bible Reading Series. The book of 1 Samuel is found in the Old Testament of the Bible.
The Book of 1 Samuel not only discusses the life and call of Samuel as prophet but also includes events that happened during his lifetime. The people of Israel insisted on having a king and even though Samuel tried to warn them of the dangers of appointing a king, they insisted. So God chose Saul to be their king. A good portion of the book includes the events during the reign of King Saul including the ongoing rivalry between King Saul and David.
The Book of 1 Samuel: Prophets, Priests, and Kings contains 71 Daily Bible Reading Lessons. Each lesson consists of a commentary by the author, the Daily Bible Reading Scripture, a few questions for contemplation or discussion, and a prayer to go along with the lesson. This Bible study is great as a personal daily devotional or a group Bible study.
For those of you interested in Bible journaling, pick your favorite Bible verse from each lesson and journal about it. This will be a great reminder of the lessons you learn as you read and study this book.
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