Date: June 11, 2000

Series: Conversations with God

Speaker: Steve Hixon

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Song of a Thankful Heart
1 Samuel 1-2

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Hannah's pain - 1 Samuel 1:1-18
“Elkanah... had two wives; one was called Hannah and the other Peninnah. Peninnah had children, but Hannah had none. ... Whenever Hannah went up to the house of the LORD, her rival provoked her till she wept and would not eat.”

Hannah's prayer - 1 Samuel 1:9-11
“O LORD Almighty, if you will only look upon your servant's misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the LORD for all the days of his life, and no razor will ever be used on his head.”

Hannah's peace - 1 Samuel 1:12-20
Eli answered, “Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him.” She said, “May your servant find favor in your eyes.” Then she went her way and ate something, and her face was no longer downcast.

Hannah's praise - 1 Samuel 2:1-11
“My heart rejoices in the Lord ... He will give strength to his king and exalt the horn of his anointed.”

The last word of Hannah's prayer is the Hebrew word “Mashiyach” - “Messiah” in English. The closest thing in the Bible to Hannah's prayer is the song of another young woman whose pregnancy was an unexpected gift: Mary's “Magnificat” (Luke 1:46-55).

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