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In our study of 1 Samuel chapter two, we will look at two very different families and God's dealings with them. We recall, from chapter 1, that God heard the cry of an infertile woman and answered her prayer. She has now fulfilled her vow to dedicate the son she bore to the Lord's service.
"Then Hannah prayed and said: 'My heart rejoices in the Lord; in the Lord my horn is lifted high. My mouth boasts over my enemies, for I delight in your deliverance.'" NIV translation
After giving up her son to be raised in the Tabernacle in service to the Lord, Hannah sings a song of praise. Even though it must have been hard for the mother to leave her young child, she is joyful in the fact that God has removed her shame. The same is true for us as we can make it through the difficult times in this life by praising God for the deliverance that is sure to come.
"'There is no one holy like the Lord; there is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God.'" NIV translation
Hannah continues to worship by setting God apart in her heart. She recognized that it was only through the creative power of God that she was able to bear the son.
No matter what we are going through, we can also worship the only One who has the power to create a solution to our problem.
"'Do not keep talking so proudly or let your mouth speak such arrogance, for the Lord is a God who knows, and by him deeds are weighed. The bows of the warriors are broken, but those who stumbled are armed with strength.'" NIV translation
Hannah speaks, now, of the fact that she was delivered from the taunting and arrogance of Peninnah. Her reaction to this taunting was to cry out to God and His answer must have surely put an end to it. In the same manner, God hears the cries of the humble and oppressed to this day. If you are one of the oppressors, you should quit it as God is listening to the cries of the one that you are tormenting. As Hannah said, the strength of the humble person calling out to God is much greater than the physical power of the oppressor.