“Hannah prayed and said,
“My heart exults in the Lord; my strength is exalted in my God.
My mouth derides my enemies, because I rejoice in my victory.”(I Samuel 2:1)
Sometimes we have to ask ourselves, “Did these people in the bible really say these poetic and prophetic verses, or are these verses that have been attributed to them along the lines of – if they had the gift of writing/speaking, they would have said . . “ And sometimes the answer is “no, of course not. They did not say this; it is someone who is providing them with verse.” At times I can be quite diligent about ascribing only such poetical and prophetic verses to those who have proven they are capable. And other times I have thought, “Let them have these words and verses that, if not from their lips, are the sentiments of their hearts wonderfully transcribed.”
“There is no Holy One like the Lord, no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God.
Talk no more so very proudly, let not arrogance come from your mouth; for the Lord is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed.” (Verses 2-3)
We are not told much about Hannah, other than what the beginning of the first book of Samuel says. She is obviously a devote Jewish woman who has in her heart a strong relationship to God. And perhaps the joys of becoming a mother lent skills of poetic composition to her. I will not question her innate skill or knowledge of God.
“The bows of the mighty are broken, but the feeble gird on strength.
Those who were full have hired themselves out for bread, but those who were hungry are fat with spoil.
The barren has borne seven, but she who has many children is forlorn.” (Verses 4 to 5)
It does seem she is celebrating victory over being barren, and perhaps her victory over her husband’s other spouse.
“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, he also 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.” (Verses 6 to 8)
And this is actually a quite common refrain, that the Lord reverses those who have little with those who have much. And for that reason one might suspect this is more of a case where Hannah is the recipient of ascribed authorship than being the actual author.
“He will guard the feet of his faithful ones, but the wicked shall be cut off in darkness; for not by might does one prevail.
The Lord! His adversaries shall be shattered; the Most High 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.” (Verses 9 to 10)
So I do not know if Hannah is the actual author of this, or if the chronicler of Samuel’s life has provided the verses. But it is a triumphant song; God has scooped up one who felt small and overlooked, and has given her joy and blessing for her whole life. It is good to sing and celebrate such things.
May you, beloved reader, celebrate the joys and blessings in your life; and may those joys and blessings be abundant! Selah!