Hannah's Hymn

Tom Bartha

READ : 1 Samuel 2:1-10

Actually it is a prayer, but each line breathes with such devotion and adoration for God that it becomes a hymn. It is a song from a heart that has been broken, then restored. Hannah’s problem was that she had no future. Her husband was old; they had no children. In Hannah’s day, to be a woman without children was considered a curse. Who would care for her in old age? Normally people with her problem would turn away from God in despair and anger. But Hannah turned toward God, pouring out her soul in fervent prayer. In great anxiety she pleaded with God for a son … “and the Lord remembered her.” Hannah would give birth to Samuel whose name means “heard of God.”

Hannah’s hymn celebrates God’s goodness. She received not only an answer to prayer. She knew the One who granted her request, the God who is involved in the lives of his people. God is mightier than any problem. Hannah’s hymn joins worshipers through the ages, praising God for who he is, what he does and will continue to do.


Father, thank you for the knowledge that you are never more than a prayer away, and that we may always approach you in confidence. In the name of Jesus. Amen.