“And Hannah prayed and said,
‘My heart exults in the LORD;
my strength is exalted in the LORD.
My mouth derides my enemies,
because I rejoice in your salvation.’”
1 Samuel 2:1
Hannah prayed these words after seeing God’s faithfulness and blessing toward her through the birth of her son, Samuel.
Through her barrenness, spiritual enemies had whispered lies and ridicule into her mind and heart. But now the tables had turned. Her enemies were ridiculed, because Hannah rejected their claims and acted against them, putting them to shame by her rejoicing at the salvation of the Lord.
Because He saw her. He heard her. He did not abandon her there, but responded in great faithfulness and power. The salvation of the Lord in which Hannah rejoiced was not abstract or generic; this salvation was for her. It was personal. He was her God, and she experienced that reality.
And so she rejoiced and her enemies were silenced.
This is reflective of Revelation 3:9, in which Jesus declares the destiny of the enemies and deceivers of those who are His. “Behold, I will make them come and bow down before your feet and they will learn that I have loved you.”
We will not be put to shame. Because even the darkest, most powerful spiritual enemy will be made to know that our God has loved us.
Take time today to meditate on the salvation of the Lord. Not in generic or abstract terms, but in how He has saved you. The change He has wrought in your life, heart, and soul. Even beyond the initial experience of trusting in Christ for salvation and being made alive together with Him, also consider the other deliverances, the healing, the strengthening and growth, the blessing and faithfulness of the Lord. How He has carried you. And all the amazing promises, the certainty of this God who cannot lie and never changes, that He will be faithful to uphold and to save those who are His forever.
And if you have not yet known this salvation, if its personal nature has not been experienced, it can be yours. I plead with you, do not wait. For nothing is more beautiful, or hope-filled, or urgently important than this. Jesus Christ will take your life and make it new. His Spirit will make you come alive and experience love more steadfast and pure than you could ever know. The deepest sense of belonging and home, because you are filled with the fullness of the God who made you to be His. To know Him. Because knowing Him is life, abundant, free, and eternal.
Rejoice today, believer, in the salvation of the Lord! Rejoice, and allow His truth and power to silence your enemies, putting them to shame in light of the cross and the continued, unending faithfulness of your God.
“There is none holy like the LORD;
there is none besides you;
there is no rock like our God.”
1 Samuel 2:2
“Turn to me and be saved,
all the ends of the earth!
For I am God, and there is no other.”
“For the promise is for you and for your children and for all who are far off,
everyone whom the Lord our God calls to himself.”
“And Hannah prayed and said,