Hannah Prayes Part 1


◄1 Samuel 2:1►

My heart rejoices in the LORD

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my horn is lifted up by the LORD

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My mouth boasts over my enemies

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because I rejoice in Your salvation

.When Hannah spoke these words, she was speaking by the power of the Holy Spirit.The words were hers, but God gave her the power and knowledge to speak them. That fact becomes clear when we compare Hannah’s prayer with other similar passages, for example Luke 1:67-70, or 2 Samuel chapter 22 and 2 Samuel 23:1-4. The fact should not surprise us. Women can speak by the power of the Holy Spirit, even as men can (Luke 1:41-42; 1 Corinthians 11:5). In fact, nobody can declare the truth about God except by the power of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:3). At the start of her prayer, Hannah expresses the joy that God has given to her. A horn is a sharp, bony point that grows on the heads of some animals; Hannah uses the word ‘horn’ as a word-picture for strength.
God has made her strong and he has saved her from her enemies. Hannah is not referring to the cruelty of her husband’s second wife (1:6-7). She speaks by the power of the Holy Spirit; she declares future events. God saves his people from all their enemies: from evil deeds, death, the devil and hell. It was right for Hannah to declare these things as she gave her son to God. Samuel’s work for God was an important part of God’s plan to save his people.

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