“Then Hannah prayed and said, “My heart exults in the Lord; My horn is exalted in the Lord, My mouth speaks boldly against my enemies, Because I rejoice in Your salvation.” (1 Samuel 2:1, NASB95)

The name Hannah means “grace” in Hebrew.  In the midst of her story, from her own perspective, it was anything but “grace”-filled.  She was childless [the ultimate shame in Hebrew culture] and her marriage rival taunted her endlessly over it.  Her life was the opposite of grace-filled, it was very bitter, much like Naomi’s experience in Moab.

What Hannah didn’t know at the time was that God was going to give her a son, and not any son, the last and greatest judge of Israel, Samuel [“heard of God”], not to mention two more sons and two daughters.  She who had been barren was now overflowing with gifts directly from God.

And so we have the Song of Hannah which is a Song of Grace.

Here is something remarkable.  Mary’s Song (Luke 2) when she finds out that she will bear Messiah demonstrates that Mary was saturated with the Song of Hannah.  She knew it; she understood it; and most likely she had it committed to heart.

One commentator points out:

“Both Hannah and Mary exclaim their joy in their God. Both Hannah and Mary take heart in the promise (here sung as a declaration of that promise) that the Lord considers, cares for, and acts on behalf of the lowly — despite what one might expect (and contrary to how we human beings behave ourselves) it is not for kings or the mighty and powerful that the Lord has regard, rather it is for all the rest that God does great things.

Both Hannah and Mary identify what God is doing as being not just for them, but also through them for the whole people.”

If we would understand grace, it would behoove us to drink deeply of the twin songs of grace.

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