“My heart rejoiceth in the Lord.”

1 Samuel 2:1-11

1 Samuel 2:1

When she had obtained her desire she did not desist from prayer, but the rather she was encouraged to abound in it. Her prayers, however, were no longer salted with sorrow, but were sweetened with the spices of gratitude. She rose from prayer to praise,

Not in my child so much as in my God. God must ever be our exceeding joy

Her name and power were lifted up, but she gave the Lord the glory of it:

She knew herself to be in need of salvation, and her faith found all that she wanted in the Lord her God.

1 Samuel 2:2

Her joy was all in God, in his salvation, in his matchless holiness, and in his eternal strength. Her Samuel did not become her idol, she loved her God better than her boy. Woe unto that mother who permits son or daughter to rival the Lord. God’s people must learn to feel and say, “there is none beside thee, O Lord.”

1 Samuel 2:3

He does not judge by appearances, his judgments call for sincerity of heart, and will not be content without it.

1 Samuel 2:5

Thus is it the Lord’s way to pull down the lofty, and uplift the lowly. Those who are great and full in themselves he regards with scorn; but the poor and the empty he looks upon with pity.

1 Samuel 2:7

It is the method of his grace to humble those whom he means to exalt. None will ever be rich in Christ until they are made to feel that they are bankrupt in themselves.

1 Samuel 2:8

He alone is the Creator, and he does as he wills with his own. Who shall question the exercise of his undoubted prerogative?

1 Samuel 2:9

He will preserve them from wandering or falling. God’s people are too dear to him for him to suffer one of them to perish,

1 Samuel 2:10

This is a right noble song, breathing not only warm devotion, but the true spirit of poetry. Hannah was a great original poetess, and even the Virgin Mary in her sweet hymn of gratitude will be found to have followed in Hannah’s track. Though as yet no Psalms had been written which might serve her as models, her song is exquisitely composed, and has a delightful savour of spiritual religion about it. She is the first who sings of the “anointed” king, and as there was actually no king over Israel in her day, the words would seem to have a prophetic reference to Christ. He is the crown of all the saints’ joys, and their songs reach their highest notes when they sing of “the anointed.”


My soul doth magnify the Lord,

My spirit doth rejoice;

To thee, my Saviour and my God,

I lift my joyful voice.


My God, I’ll praise thee while I live,

And praise thee when I die,

And praise thee when I rise again,

And to eternity.


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