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Hannah: Week 3

Hannah: Week 3

🤓Did you know that Hannah is one of only four women song writers mentioned in the Bible? Her psalm became a model prayer that is still at the core of every Jewish worship service today, called the Amidah, and inspired Mary’s song the Magnificat. So, what’s in Hannah’s song?
🙏🏼Praise to God: Hannah’s triumphant song begins by praising the God who reversed her fortune, “My heart rejoices in the LORD… for I delight in your deliverance” (v. 1-2). Her song has been called “the ultimate hymn of praise to God.”
🙏🏼 Cautions against pride: “Do not keep talking so proudly or let your mouth speak such arrogance” (v. 3). Hannah’s own life was one of humility; she did not retaliate against Peninnah, and respectfully corrected Eli the high priest who had falsely accused her. God exalts the humble (v. 7), and he elevates her status in her family, her community, and in our sacred text.
🙏🏼 Reversal of fortunes: “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” (v.8. Verses 4-8 give a wide range of examples showing a reversal of fortunes, calling on God’s justice for the silenced, poor, and oppressed.
Have you wondered what melody they used for Hannah’s psalm? While we don’t know, there are several modern melodies put to Hannah’s words. Here’s a catchy one that will have you humming along: https://youtu.be/a6VplwbGJkI
Read Hannah’s song in 1 Samuel 2:1-10 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/…
“Hannah at Prayer,” by Wilhelm Wachtel, c. 1942.