1 Samuel 2:1-10:
Then Hannah prayed and said,
“My heart exults in the Lord;
My horn is exalted in the Lord,
My mouth speaks boldly against my enemies,
Because I rejoice in Your salvation.
“There is no one holy like the Lord,
Indeed, there is no one besides You,
Nor is there any rock like our God.
“Boast no more so very proudly,
Do not let arrogance come out of your mouth;
For the Lord is a God of knowledge,
And with Him actions are weighed.
“The bows of the mighty are shattered,
But the feeble gird on strength.
“Those who were full hire themselves out for bread,
But those who were hungry cease to hunger.
Even the barren gives birth to seven,
But she who has many children languishes.
“The Lord kills and makes alive;
He brings down to Sheol and raises up.
“The Lord makes poor and rich;
He brings low, He also exalts.
“He raises the poor from the dust,
He lifts the needy from the ash heap
To make them sit with nobles,
And inherit a seat of honor;
For the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s,
And He set the world on them.
“He keeps the feet of His godly ones,
But the wicked ones are silenced in darkness;
For not by might shall a man prevail.
“Those who contend with the Lord will be shattered;
Against them He will thunder in the heavens,
The Lord will judge the ends of the earth;
And He will give strength to His king,
And will exalt the horn of His anointed.”
Most holidays I ignore when I am preaching during the year. You can’t help be pulled into the twin vortex that is Christmas and Easter but for the most part the rest of the year I blissfully ignore holidays. However this year I decided that there is one holiday that probably could use some backup and that was Thanksgiving. I began to search through the Bible looking for prayers and poems of Thanksgiving and there are many but I found three called “Songs of Thanksgiving”. This struck me because there is something truly spiritual when prayers are set to music. Even more so when that holiday is thanksgiving and the joy of thankfulness to God overflows into song.
Hannah without a doubt is one of those interesting characters of Scripture that is had great significance for a humble act. Simply dedicating her child to God. But what a child he become: Samuel was without a doubt one of those characters of Scripture equal to Moses and David. But it was Hannah’s struggles that were overcome that broke her out into song when se finally fulfilled her word to God and brought the child to Eli. Overcome she gave Thanksgiving to God. She had overcome adversity and all that goes with being a mother giving up her child to God. In the end it served her well. She would have more children and this song would become memorized by daughters of Israel for generations until its most famous repeating – That Mary when she gets the news of Jesus.
Thanking God for the blessings he gives us in life is probably the most basic but most appreciated by God. The simple fact that we acknowledge his actions in our life and the life that he has given us the opportunity to lead is great reason to praise him. We all have out things that we do because of his grace to us and his blessing. Thanksgiving remind us of how he has given us life and life abundantly.