I will extol You, O Lord, for You have lifted me up,
And have not let my enemies rejoice over me.
O Lord my God,
I cried to You for help, and You healed me.
O Lord, You have brought up my soul from Sheol;
You have kept me alive, that I would not go down to the pit.
Sing praise to the Lord, you His godly ones,
And give thanks to His holy name.
For His anger is but for a moment,
His favor is for a lifetime;
Weeping may last for the night,
But a shout of joy comes in the morning.
Now as for me, I said in my prosperity,
“I will never be moved.”
O Lord, by Your favor You have made my mountain to stand strong;
You hid Your face, I was dismayed.
To You, O Lord, I called,
And to the Lord I made supplication:
“What profit is there in my blood, if I go down to the pit?
Will the dust praise You? Will it declare Your faithfulness?
“Hear, O Lord, and be gracious to me;
O Lord, be my helper.”
You have turned for me my mourning into dancing;
You have loosed my sackcloth and girded me with gladness,
That my soul may sing praise to You and not be silent.
O Lord my God, I will give thanks to You forever.
Hannah’s song is one of thanks fullness for the actions of God. In many ways, David’s Song is more about God’s preservation of life than anything. It is a thankful prayer to a man who was happy simply to be alive. David is simply grateful and thankful that God has preserved his life.
David did not always have the best of life. He faced adversities and forgiven that he might have written this song early in his career, he may have come back to it and sang it often. Between King Saul, his Son Absalom and many other threats to his kingdom as well as other hardships, the life of King David was not an easy one and yet he thanked God he was still alive. His joy of life caused him to realize how precious it was and so God delivering him from death the many times he did it, was cause for thankfulness.
In our lives, we often find the time to give God thanks because he has done something for us and we should, but I wonder if the simple act that God gave us one more day is sufficient for us to give thanks. God gave us life and so if He preserves it even if only from the ravages of time for one more day, is that not cause for celebration? Is it not at least cause for a prayer of thankfulness.