“I am bursting with GOD -news!
I’m walking on air. I’m laughing at my rivals.
I’m dancing my salvation. Nothing and no one is holy like GOD, no rock mountain like our God. Don’t dare talk pretentiously— not a word of boasting, ever!
For GOD knows what’s going on.
He takes the measure of everything that happens.
The weapons of the strong are smashed to pieces, while the weak are infused with fresh strength.
The well-fed are out begging in the streets for crusts, while the hungry are getting second helpings.
The barren woman has a houseful of children, while the mother of many is bereft.”
“GOD brings death and GOD brings life,
brings down to the grave and raises up.
GOD brings poverty and GOD brings wealth;
He lowers, He also lifts up.
He puts poor people on their feet again;
He rekindles burned-out lives with fresh hope, Restoring dignity and respect to their lives
— a place in the sun!
For the very structures of earth are GOD ’s;
He has laid out His operations on a firm foundation.
He protectively cares for His faithful friends,
step by step, but leaves the wicked to stumble in the dark.
No one makes it in this life by sheer muscle!
GOD ’s enemies will be blasted out of the sky, crashed in a heap and burned.
GOD will set things right all over the earth, He’ll give strength to His king, He’ll set His anointed on top of the world!”
~ 1 Samuel 2:1-10 MSG
2:1-10 Hannah’s heart rejoiced, not in Samuel, but in the Lord. She looks beyond the gift, and praises the Giver. She rejoiced in the salvation of the Lord, and in expectation of His coming, who is the whole salvation of his people. The strong are soon weakened, and the weak are soon strengthened, when God pleases. Are we poor? God made us poor, which is a good reason why we should be content, and make up our minds to our condition. Are we rich? God made us rich, which is a good reason why we should be thankful, and serve him cheerfully, and do good with the abundance he gives us. He respects not man’s wisdom or fancied excellences, but chooses those whom the world accounts foolish, teaching them to feel their guilt, and to value his free and precious salvation. This prophecy looks to the kingdom of Christ, that kingdom of grace, of which Hannah speaks, after having spoken largely of the kingdom of providence. And here is the first time that we meet with the name MESSIAH, or his Anointed. The subjects of Christ’s kingdom will be safe, and the enemies of it will be ruined; for the Anointed, the Lord Christ, is able to save, and to destroy. – Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary
I was studying these verses recently and the phrase
“A place in the sun” jumped out at me.
A place in the sun means -a position of favor or advantage.
I read the commentary and a few more things jumped out at me that I highlighted above in the commentary section.
As I meditated on the verses, my hope is that we, just like Hannah, pray this prayer and look beyond the gifts and look straight to the Giver of all good things. May we too feel our guilt and value His free and precious salvation. Take your place in the sun and share the Son with others.
~ XXOO Michelle Bollom