Theme: Praising God

  • Review +
    • For chapter 1 verses 9-18 we looked at Hannah's prayer and her trust in God. We then looked at the balance of chapter 1 verses 19-28 and considered the kindness of God towards Hannah and other women of the Bible who were childless.
    • In the section I labelled as "prayer" I quickly went through the seven items. They were listed as examples of:
      • Trust, Distress, Sorrow, Discouragement, Agony and Anguish, Hopelessness and Helplessness.
    • + More on Prayer: Hannah's prayer should be a theme of interest to you. The first example we have of her praying was in chapter 1:9-18. In that one prayer we see examples of:
      • Trust: John 17:20; Ephesians 3:17; Romans 15:13; Psalm 86:4
      • Distress: 2 Samuel 24:14; Psalms 50:15; 55:17
      • Sorrow: 2 Corinthians 2:7-9; 7:11; John 16:6, 22
      • Discouragement: Psalm 31:22; 38:17
      • Agony and Anguish: Psalm 55:17-20
      • Hopelessness: Job 7:6-9
      • Helplessness: Acts 3:2-7
  • The Focus of this workshop
    • For this study we are going to concentrate on Chapter 2, verses 1-11. Here we have Hannah's second prayer. It is a prayer of thanks and praise to God for answering her first prayer.
  • Text: 1 Samuel 2:1-11
    • 1 Then Hannah prayed:
      • “My heart rejoices in the Lord!
      • The Lord has made me strong.
      • Now I have an answer for my enemies;
      • I rejoice because you rescued me.
      • Luke 1:46-55
      • 46 Mary responded,
      • “Oh, how my soul praises the Lord.
      • 47 How my spirit rejoices in God my Savior!
      • 48 For he took notice of his lowly servant girl,
      • and from now on all generations will call me blessed.
      • 49 For the Mighty One is holy,
      • and he has done great things for me.
      • 50 He shows mercy from generation to generation
      • to all who fear him.
      • 51 His mighty arm has done tremendous things!
      • He has scattered the proud and haughty ones.
      • 52 He has brought down princes from their thrones
      • and exalted the humble.
      • 53 He has filled the hungry with good things
      • and sent the rich away with empty hands.
      • 54 He has helped his servant Israel
      • and remembered to be merciful.
      • 55 For he made this promise to our ancestors,
      • to Abraham and his children forever.” (NLT)
    • 2 No one is holy like the Lord!
      • There is no one besides you;
      • there is no Rock like our God.
      • Psalms 89:6-8
      • 6 For who in all of heaven can compare with the Lord?
      • What mightiest angel is anything like the Lord?
      • 7 The highest angelic powers stand in awe of God.
      • He is far more awesome than all who surround his throne.
      • 8 O Lord God of Heaven’s Armies!
      • Where is there anyone as mighty as you, O Lord?
      • You are entirely faithful. (NLT)
    • 3 “Stop acting so proud and haughty!
      • Don’t speak with such arrogance!
      • For the Lord is a God who knows what you have done;
      • he will judge your actions.
      • Proverbs 16:2-5
      • People may be pure in their own eyes,
      • but the Lord examines their motives.
      • 3 Commit your actions to the Lord,
      • and your plans will succeed.
      • 4 The Lord has made everything for his own purposes,
      • even the wicked for a day of disaster.
      • 5 The Lord detests the proud;
      • they will surely be punished. (NLT)
    • 4 The bow of the mighty is now broken,
      • and those who stumbled are now strong.
      • Psalms 46:9
      • 9 He causes wars to end throughout the earth.
      • He breaks the bow and snaps the spear;
      • he burns the shields with fire. (NLT)
    • 5 Those who were well fed are now starving,
      • and those who were starving are now full.
      • The childless woman now has seven children,
      • and the woman with many children wastes away.
      • Psalms 113:9
      • 9 He gives the childless woman a family,
      • making her a happy mother.
      • Praise the Lord! (NLT)
    • 6 The Lord gives both death and life;
      • he brings some down to the grave but raises others up.
      • Isaiah 26:19
      • But those who die in the Lord will live;
      • their bodies will rise again!
      • Those who sleep in the earth
      • will rise up and sing for joy!
      • For your life-giving light will fall like dew
      • on your people in the place of the dead! (NLT)

      • Deuteronomy 32:39
      • 39 Look now; I myself am he!
      • There is no other god but me!
      • I am the one who kills and gives life;
      • I am the one who wounds and heals;
      • no one can be rescued from my powerful hand! (NLT)
    • 7 The Lord makes some poor and others rich;
      • he brings some down and lifts others up.
      • Deuteronomy 8:17-18
      • He did all this so you would never say to yourself, ‘I have achieved this wealth with my own strength and energy.’ 18 Remember the Lord your God. He is the one who gives you power to be successful, in order to fulfill the covenant he confirmed to your ancestors with an oath. (NLT)
    • 8 He lifts the poor from the dust
      • and the needy from the garbage dump.
      • He sets them among princes,
      • placing them in seats of honor.
      • For all the earth is the Lord’s,
      • and he has set the world in order.
      • James 2:5
      • 5 Listen to me, dear brothers and sisters. Hasn’t God chosen the poor in this world to be rich in faith? Aren’t they the ones who will inherit the Kingdom he promised to those who love him? (NLT)
    • 9 “He will protect his faithful ones,
      • but the wicked will disappear in darkness.
      • No one will succeed by strength alone.
      • Psalms 33:16-22
      • 16 The best-equipped army cannot save a king,
      • nor is great strength enough to save a warrior.
      • 17 Don’t count on your warhorse to give you victory—
      • for all its strength, it cannot save you.
      • 18 But the Lord watches over those who fear him,
      • those who rely on his unfailing love.
      • 19 He rescues them from death
      • and keeps them alive in times of famine.
      • 20 We put our hope in the Lord.
      • He is our help and our shield.
      • 21 In him our hearts rejoice,
      • for we trust in his holy name.
      • 22 Let your unfailing love surround us, Lord,
      • for our hope is in you alone. (NLT)
    • 10 Those who fight against the Lord will be shattered.
      • He thunders against them from heaven;
      • the Lord judges throughout the earth.
      • He gives power to his king;
      • he increases the strength of his anointed one.”
      • Psalms 2:9-12
      • 9 You will break them with an iron rod
      • and smash them like clay pots.’”
      • 10 Now then, you kings, act wisely!
      • Be warned, you rulers of the earth!
      • 11 Serve the Lord with reverent fear,
      • and rejoice with trembling.
      • 12 Submit to God’s royal son, or he will become angry,
      • and you will be destroyed in the midst of all your activities—
      • for his anger flares up in an instant.
      • But what joy for all who take refuge in him! (NLT)
    • 11 Then Elkanah returned home to Ramah without Samuel.
      • And the boy served the Lord by assisting Eli the priest.
      • 1 Samuel 2:18
      • But Samuel, though he was only a boy, served the Lord. He wore a linen garment like that of a priest. (NLT)
  • Additional Cross-References
    • Romans 8:28-29, 31-32
      • Romans 8:28-29 And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. 29 For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.
      • Romans 8:31-32 What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? 32 Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else?
    • Psalm 9:13-14
      • Be gracious to me, O Lord! See my affliction from those who hate me,
      • O you who lift me up from the gates of death, that I may recount all your praises,
      • that in the gates of the daughter of Zion I may rejoice in your salvation.
    • Psalms 13:5-6
      • But I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.
      • I will sing to the Lord, because he has dealt bountifully with me.
    • Psalms 20:5
      • May we shout for joy over your salvation, and in the name of our God set up our banners!
      • May the Lord fulfill all your petitions!
    • Psalms 35:7-9
      • For without cause they hid their net for me; without cause they dug a pit for my life.
      • Let destruction come upon him when he does not know it!
      • And let the net that he hid ensnare him; let him fall into it—to his destruction!
      • Then my soul will rejoice in the Lord, exulting in his salvation.
    • Psalms 148:14
      • He has raised up a horn for his people, praise for all his saints,
      • for the people of Israel who are near to him. Praise the Lord!
    • Luke 1:41-45
      • And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, 42 and she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! 43 And why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45 And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.
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  • Interesting Facts
    • Have you noticed that hardly anyone prays in the manner as did Hannah and numerous other people in the Bible?
    • In her prayer she rebukes the proud and haughty then exalts God and His sovereignty over all things.
  • Discovery
    • In your humble opinion what is the big idea or theme of Hannah's second prayer?
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    • What does Hannah's second prayer reveal about her understanding of God's character?
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    • In verse 3 who is Hannah talking about?
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    • In verse 3 does Hannah plan on getting even with her husband's other wife?
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    • Take five minutes to compose a four line (or more) prayer of praise that you would offer to God for the great and wonderful things He has given you.
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    • Who else in the Bible has prayed with the same determination as Hannah?
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  • Share your own thoughts and questions
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  • How did this passage speak to your own heart?
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