The Princess and the Pauper: From Spiritual Rags to Riches

I Samuel 2:6-10

In chapter 2 of I Samuel, Hannah is praising God in prayer and thanksgiving. Her reflection of God’s power and provision is full of depth! In the last entry, we discussed that verse 8 essentially describes the wonderful power of God to take the worst and exalt it to the best. Hannah describes this process as going from being a beggar in the “dunghill” (KJV) to being a princess in the palace. This place where the beggar lived was essentially the city dumping ground. For ashes, for refuse, for human waste. Not a very pretty site, huh? I’ve often felt sorry for our trash men; at one time, we had three children in diapers. (We’re down to two now.) The smell of 100 degree rotting diapers is not pleasant to say the least! On some summer trash collection days I felt we should put up a warning sign at least one block in advance so the collection force could put on their special duty uniforms. Spiritually speaking, as Christians, this is exactly what Christ did for us. He took us out of our own filthy mess and placed us in the palace of the King. Romans 8:17, “And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.” We are His children and the King of glory calls us His heirs! So put on your crown and begin to act like royalty, with dignity and respect for what Christ did for us.

Continuing on in verses 9-11, we see Hannah praising God for His protection. To summarize Hannah’s reasons to praise the Lord, let’s review:

  1. Salvation (v. 1)- Psalm 27:1 “The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”


  2. Sanctification (v. 2)- John 17:17 “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.”


  3. Sovereignty (v.3)- Psalm 89:15, 16 “Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound: they shall walk, O LORD, in the light of thy countenance.   In thy name shall they rejoice all the day: and in THY RIGHTEOUSNESS shall they be exalted.” (Emphasis mine.)


  4. Strength (v.4) Psalm 62:5-8 “My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defense; I shall not be moved.   In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God. Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us.”


  5. Starbucks (v.5) (Ok, Sustenance, but this is the 21st century, right?) Psalm 146- This psalm is one of my favorites. Please, look it up; use if you’d like.


  6. Service (A place to serve) v.5 Psalm 100:2 “Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.”


And now for the remaining “S’s”:

  1. Superiority (v.6) It’s all HIS! To “bring up” is alah, which means to excel or be superior to. He is the Superior One.


  2. Supremacy( v.7) Webster’s definition is : controlling power over others. Look at the last blog entry for further explanation, but God takes the worst and uses it for the best.


  3. Settlement(v.8) We have an inheritance!


  4. Sentinel (v.9) The Lord is our guard. I Sam. 17:47 “…the battle is the Lord’s.” (Oh wow, a whole other blog entry!)


  5. Security (v.10) We can be assured that God will exalt the horn of his anointed. What does this mean?


Twice in Hannah’s second prayer in chapter 2, she refers to the “horn.”  In Biblical times, an animal’s horn was used for at least three different purposes: 1. To hold water. 2. To communicate with others. 3. To make music.  In Biblical references to the word “horn,” our spiritual application can be: 1. Our relationship with God should be our reason for living; it should provide the water for our thirsty souls. And boy do we need it daily!  2. Prayer is our consistent communication with God; our “horn” should not be silent! 3. Praise to the Lord is His delight; He loves it when we give Him praise! Hannah praised God for the opportunity to return her son to Him.   She praised Him in spite of the reality of her situation. After all, she was leaving her little boy in a strange place with strange people!  She praised Him for Who He is and all that He had done in her life. She was holding to the security she praised God for in verse 10.

It’s day number forty million of gray skies and drizzling rain here in Columbus, OH, the land of better weather, with forty more million days of gray skies ahead.(ok, I exaggerate.) The challenge for today: Praise Him! Make a list of ten things for which to praise Him. Take the above reasons for which Hannah praised the Lord and personalize them. He will be near to you; it’s in His Word. Psalm 148:14 “He also exalteth the horn of his people, the praise of all his saints; [even] of the children of Israel, a people near unto him. Praise ye the LORD. ”


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