“No more diapers to change!” I doubt those were the words of Hannah as she left Eli’s presence after turning over her son Samuel! Some suggest she may have had six other sons (see 2:5) to take care of. But she keeps her vow and praises God for His answering her agonized prayer.
Please notice several features in Hannah’s prayer:
1. She focuses on the character of her God! “There is no one holy like the Lord, no one besides you, no Rock like our God.” (v. 2). “The Lord is a God who knows; by him deeds are weighed.” (v. 3). He is the Lord who brings death and makes alive; He sends poverty and wealth; He humbles and exalts (vv. 6-7). The Lord will judge the ends of the earth (v. 10). Hannah knew her Lord!
2. She rejoices in God’s meeting her need! She describes herself as “those who were hungry are hungry no more. She who was barren has borne seven children! (v. 5). She sees herself as one who has been raised from the dust, from the ash heap, and has been seated with princes (v. 8).
3. She speaks warnings to the wicked! Those who talk proudly or speak arrogantly will be weighed by the Lord (v. 3). He breaks the bows of the warriors (v. 4). The wicked will be silenced in the place of darkness (v. 9). Those who oppose the Lord will be broken (v. 10).
Elkanah (with Hannah and Peninnah) return home, “but the boy ministered before the Lord under Eli the priest (v. 11).
Oh, that my knowledge of and faith in the Lord were close to Hannah’s!