1 Then Hannah prayed and said:
“My heart rejoices in the LORD;
in the LORD my hornfn is lifted high.
My mouth boasts over my enemies,
for I delight in your deliverance.
2 “There is no one holy like the LORD;
there is no one besides you;
there is no Rock like our God.
3 “Do not keep talking so proudly
or let your mouth speak such arrogance,
for the LORD is a God who knows,
and by him deeds are weighed.
4 “The bows of the warriors are broken,
but those who stumbled are armed with strength.
5 Those who were full hire themselves out for food,
but those who were hungry are hungry no more.
She who was barren has borne seven children,
but she who has had many sons pines away.
6 “The LORD brings death and makes alive;
he brings down to the grave and raises up.
7 The LORD sends poverty and wealth;
he humbles and he exalts.
8 He raises the poor from the dust
and lifts the needy from the ash heap;
he seats them with princes
and has them inherit a throne of honor.
“For the foundations of the earth are the LORD’s;
on them he has set the world.
9 He will guard the feet of his faithful servants,
but the wicked will be silenced in the place of darkness.
“It is not by strength that one prevails;
10 those who oppose the LORD will be broken.
The Most High will thunder from heaven;
the LORD will judge the ends of the earth.
“He will give strength to his king
and exalt the horn of his anointed.”

You can’t help but notice another major theme of scripture here and that is how God takes the lowly things of this world and makes them mighty in His kingdom. We see this in Abram and Sarai, childless and in their old age, yet God starts a nation with them. We see it in Jacob being chosen over Esau, the younger ruling over the older. We see it in God choosing the children of Israel, not because they were the most powerful, but on the contrary, being the smallest and weakest, yet God loved them and chose them to be His people. We see it in David being chosen out of all his older brothers. And we see it most importantly in Jesus, being born in a manger, suffering and dying, and yet in doing so, conquering the enemy and being given all power in heaven and earth and a name that is above every name.

Look at Philippians 2:8-9
And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
There is a message in this for us, for me. How do I live my life? Does my life reflect this theme? How? Do I even want to live this way?

What is God speaking to you in regards to this theme in scripture?
What would look different in your life if you lived this theme out to its fullest?


Doug Walquist