strength and joy

Hannah’s Prayer. 1 Samuel 2:1-10.

I sit down humbly on the floor coming before my Lord. I ask Him to guide me. I ask Him to show me what to read, to enter my heart and overcome me with His divine love. In faith I begin to read…I stop. The Holy Spirit speaks. I am drawn to nothing but His word. My eyes try to move but He tells me this is it. The Lord calls me to meditate on the first verse alone.

1 Samuel 2:1 “And Hannah prayed and said, ‘My heart exults in the Lord; my heart is exalted in the LordMy mouth derides my enemies, because I rejoice in your salvation.’ “

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“I pray because I can’t help myself. I pray because I’m helpless. I pray because the need flows out of me all the time, waking and sleeping. It doesn’t change God, it changes me.” -C.S. Lewis

exults: show or feel elation (great happiness) or jubilation (feeling of great happiness and triumph

“my heart exults in the Lord”

I can’t help but to think of the day when I see the Lord. When I am in His presence. We I can do nothing but fall on my face, much like now, because the mere thought of His name overwhelms me. Our hearts can be more than overjoyed in the Lord, because He is successful. He is good. Jesus has defeated sin and death. HE HAS OVERCOME. This my friend is our hope. Hope because of love. His love. Hope because of help. His help. Hope because of Him.

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exalted: placed at a high or powerful level

“my strength is exalted in the Lord”

Our flesh is weak. I am weak. The Lord is strong. With Him inside of us, when we rely with an insurmountable faith we are strengthened by His power. In the words of my beautiful missional community sisters…

“God is so powerful that He can send a missionary from miles away to a isolated place so that missionary could share the gospel with someone who is close to dying and God gave them life for just enough time for them to hear it, repent, then spend eternity with Him”
“God is so strong that He gave His only son as a sacrifice in order that people could know Him, even though each person is deep and sin, extremely unworthy, and could still reject him after his great sacrifice”
“God’s powerful enough to calm the storm, but He is strong enough to walk through it (and gives us strength enough).”
“God’s power gives me the confidence that no matter incapable I think I am, God is capable and He’ll use my incapability to do the work for His kingdom. Like I think I am incapable of preaching the Gospel to Americans but God tells me that the power of the Holy Spirit is in me and that enables me to speak when I don’t know what to say. And that even if I fail I don’t mess up God’s plans. He’s still in control.”
“God is so strong that when I cannot not reach mercy, His mercy just comes running to me. God is rich in mercy. There are times when I don’t know if I deserve His grace and mercy but these doubts are all the more reason to approach God’s throne of grace with confidence.”

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derides: express contempt for, to laugh contemptuously at

rejoice: feel or show great joy or delight

“my mouth derides my enemies, because I rejoice in  Your salvation”

Isaiah 14:16 “those who see you stare at you, they ponder your fate: ‘is this the man who shook the earth and made kingdoms tremble, the man who made the world a wilderness, who overthrew its cities and would not let his captives go home?’ “

The salvation (deliverance from sin and it’s consequences) of the Lord gives great joy. Enemies are angry because they have no authority. We laugh because we believed someone could take away something they never even gave. Our joy and happiness comes from the Lord. Nothing else. The Lord.

Luke 10:17 “the seventy returned with joy, saying ‘Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.’ “

The enemy has to flee. It is an obligation. An indispensable condition. In Jesus presence…in Jesus name the enemy has to flee.

In Jesus Name.

Dearly beloved I am weak. You are weak. We are weak. Matthew 26:14 says, “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” but the Lord oh our King in heaven is strong. I can not even begin to fathom how great He is. Oh sweet one my heart longs for the world to know. To feel. To hear. I dream of the day when all know of His divine power. So as I sit, as I walk, as I stand, and as I lay…I pray. When I have no words I call upon the Holy Spirit and I call out to Jesus echoing His words. For the Lord is my beloved and I am His.

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