The Lord granted Hannah’s deepest desire.
She had had prayed earnestly, deeply weeping for a child of her own.
But Hannah went further than just asking for a child, she petitioned the Lord declaring that if He were to give her a male child, she would devote him to the Lord.
Then she made a vow and said, “O Lord of hosts, if You will indeed look on the affliction of Your maidservant and remember me, and not forget Your maidservant, but will give Your maidservant a male child, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life, and no razor shall come upon his head.” – 1 Samuel
The Lord answered her passionate prayer. The child Samuel was soon born and dedicated to the Lord.
The Lord truly exceeded her expectations and imaginations, as the young Samuel would become a righteous man and a true prophet to the Lord.
One who first served as a judge and then later, anointing and serving Kings.
To say Hannah was overjoyed is an understatement!
She burst forth in song extolling the virtues and nature of the Lord. Hannah has also been deemed a prophetess because of the wisdom and revelation on the Kingdom of God that pours forth from her song of Thanksgiving.
There is much to explore in Hannah’s prayer but my attention was captivated by her statement in 1 Samuel 3.
I believe a universe of meaning can often be found in a single line of scripture.
And I believe that the Holy Spirit hallmarked this line to me for a purpose.
Let’s explore this simple declaration … that holds so much.
1 Samuel 3 –
Boast not, and utter not high things;
let not high-sounding words come out of your mouth,
for the Lord is a God of knowledge, and God prepares his own designs.
According to the Septuagint translation, Hannah declares that the Lord is a God of Knowledge and He prepares His own designs.
What struck my attention immediately, is how God PREPARES and DESIGNS.
Why is this simple statement so profound to me right now !?
How powerful it is to PREPARE and DESIGN.
The Lord does nothing without a plan strategically in place.
Events that seem to SUDDENLY appear, were really well-thought out and planned, even before the creation of the world!
just as He chose us in Him
before the foundation of the world,
that we would be holy and blameless before Him. In love
– Ephesians 1:4
Our God is a Great God.
He sees all and is aware of every consequence and possibility.
His Designs are certain to bring the most excellent outcome.
For there is great order and precision in all His Ways.
Everything the Lord builds and creates abounds with Wisdom and Foresight.
He’s both a Visionary and an extraordinary Strategist.
Yes! He is indeed the Great Architect!
The NKJV version describes Him as the God of Knowledge
And by Him actions are weighed.
As we conform to His Image, we take on His traits.
We become great preparers and designers.
Designing and building according to His Will.
Gaining Knowledge and Revelation through Him for His purpose of building His Kingdom on earth as it is in Heaven.
And then committing every plan, all that we build is devoted to Him.
So that He may establish our plans. And they will be successful.
Praise God that He gives us His Nature!
That we may be Fruitful with it!
Much Love & Shalom
Ahava Sarah Fischer
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I Samuel 2 – Brenton SEPTUAGINT translation
Hannah’s Prayer of Thanksgiving
1My heart is established in the Lord, my horn is exalted in my God; my mouth is enlarged over my enemies, I have rejoiced in thy salvation.
2For there is none holy as the Lord, and there is none righteous as our God; there is none holy besides thee.
3Boast not, and utter not high things; let not high-sounding words come out of your mouth, for the Lord is a God of knowledge, and God prepares his own designs.
4The bow of the mighty has waxed feeble, and the weak have girded themselves with strength.
5They that were full of bread are brought low; and the hungry have forsaken the land; for the barren has born seven, and she that abounded in children has waxed feeble.
6The Lord kills and makes alive; he brings down to the grave, and brings up.
7The Lord makes poor, and makes rich; he brings low, and lifts up.
8He lifts up the poor from the earth, and raises the needy from the dunghill; to seat him with the princes of the people, and causing them to inherit the throne of glory:
9granting his petition to him that prays; and he blesses the years of the righteous, for by strength cannot man prevail.
10The Lord will weaken his adversary; the Lord is holy. Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, nor let the mighty man boast in his strength, and let not the rich man boast in his wealth; but let him that boasts boast in this, to understand and know the Lord, and to execute judgment and justice in the midst of the earth. The Lord has gone up to the heavens, and has thundered: he will judge the extremities of the earth, and he gives strength to our kings, and will exalt the horn of his Christ. And she left him there before the Lord,
11and departed to Armathaim: and the child ministered in the presence of the Lord before Heli the priest.
1 Samuel 2 – NKJV version
2 And Hannah prayed and said:
“My heart rejoices in the Lord;
My horn is exalted in the Lord.
I smile at my enemies,
Because I rejoice in Your salvation.
2 “No one is holy like the Lord,
For there is none besides You,
Nor is there any rock like our God.
3 “Talk no more so very proudly;
Let no arrogance come from your mouth,
For the Lord is the God of knowledge;
And by Him actions are weighed.
4 “The bows of the mighty men are broken,
And those who stumbled are girded with strength.
5 Those who were full have hired themselves out for bread,
And the hungry have ceased to hunger.
Even the barren has borne seven,
And she who has many children has become feeble.
6 “The Lord kills and makes alive;
He brings down to the grave and brings up.
7 The Lord makes poor and makes rich;
He brings low and lifts up.
8 He raises the poor from the dust
And lifts the beggar from the ash heap,
To set them among princes
And make them inherit the throne of glory.
“For the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s,
And He has set the world upon them.
9 He will guard the feet of His saints,
But the wicked shall be silent in darkness.
“For by strength no man shall prevail.
10 The adversaries of the Lord shall be broken in pieces;
From heaven He will thunder against them.
The Lord will judge the ends of the earth.
“He will give strength to His king,
And exalt the horn of His anointed.”
11 Then Elkanah went to his house at Ramah. But the child ministered to the Lord before Eli the priest.