1 Samuel 2:1 - The Lord Is My Strength And Song, And Is Become My Salvation.
1Sa.2:1; The Lord Is My Strength And Song, And Is Become My
1 Samuel 2:1 (KJV) And Hannah prayed, and said, My heart
rejoiceth in the LORD, mine horn is exalted in the LORD: my mouth is
enlarged over mine enemies; because I rejoice in thy salvation.
1 Samuel 2:1 (CWR) Hannah prayed, "My heart is full of joy in
the Lord! My strength and happiness come from Him. I can laugh again
as a youth because God has given me a child. He has silenced my
Hannah's Prayer (2:1-11)
Hannah's Prayer of Praise
Song of Hannah (2:1-11)
Hannah's Song of Thanksgiving
Psalm 118:14 (KJV) The Lord is my strength and song, and is
become my salvation.
Isaiah 12:2-3 (KJV) Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust,
and not be afraid: for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song;
he also is become my salvation.  Therefore with joy shall ye
draw water out of the wells of salvation.
Psalm 18:2 (KJV) The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my
deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the
horn of my salvation, and my high tower.
Philip. 4:4 (KJV) Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say,
Philip. 4:6 (KJV) Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by
prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made
known unto God.
COMMENTARY / APPLICATION
Horn here symbolizes strength. [NIV SB]
To have one's horn lifted up by God is to be delivered from
disgrace to a position of honor and strength. [NIV SB]
Hannah's prayer is a song of praise and thanksgiving to God.
This song has sometimes been termed the "Magnificat of the OT"
because it is so similar to the Magnificat of the NT (Mary's song, Lk
1:46-55). It also has certain resemblances to the "Benedictus" (the song
of Zechariah, Lk 1:67-79). Hannah's song of praise finds many
echoes in David's song near the end of the book (2Sa 22). These two
songs frame the main narrative, and their themes highlight the ways of
God that the narrative relates--they contain the theology of the
book in the form of praise. [NIV SB]
Mary, the mother of Jesus, modeled her own praise song, called
the Magnificat, after Hannah's prayer (Luke 1:46-55). [Life
The theme of her poetic prayer is her confidence in God's
sovereignty and her thankfulness for everything he had done. [Life
The supreme source of Hannah's joy is not in the child, but in
the God who has answered her prayer. [NIV SB]
Like Hannah and Mary, we should be confident of God's ultimate
control over the events in our lives, and we should be thankful for the
ways God has blessed us. By praising God for all good gifts, we
acknowledge his ultimate control over all the affairs of life. [Life
We can imagine Hannah's anguish as she approached the tabernacle
at Shiloh, hand in hand with little Samuel, knowing she must leave
him there and return home alone. Yet when the gift had been given,
Hannah suddenly found herself filled with joy! God's Holy Spirit had
filled the emptiness she had feared.
There would be moments of loneliness ahead. Hannah surely missed
her little son. But this song of praise, in which Hannah
contemplated the greatness of God, is witness to the comfort she found in her
faith. A comfort available to you and me as well.
We learn that God also comforted Hannah in a practical way. She
saw her son at annual religious festivals. And God gave her three
more sons and two daughters (v. 21). It's good to remember that we
can never out-give the LORD. [The 365-Day Devotional Commentary]