The Legacy of Two Songs​​​​​​​

 

Today’s Treasure

 

There is none holy like the Lord: for there is none besides You; there is no rock like our God.

1 Samuel 2:2 ESV

 

The similarities in Hannah and Mary’s songs are striking and a reminder that writers, moved by the Holy Spirit, wrote the Scriptures. Paul’s words to Timothy about the perfection of Scripture applies to these songs as well:

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

1 Timothy 3:16-17 ESV

The Israelites passed down Hannah’s worship song from generation to generation. It’s clear that Mary’s family taught their daughter the eternal value of God’s Word and planted it in her heart from an early age. Remember, she is a teenager. The depth of The Magnificat demonstrates the power of God’s Word to prepare our hearts to worship God when life takes an unexpected turn. Let the similarities of these songs encourage you and help clarify the sovereignty of God over Scripture and to trust the validity of God’s Word:

Hannah’s Song

And Hannah prayed and said, “My heart exults in the Lord; my horn is exalted in the Lord. My mouth derides my enemies, because I rejoice in Your salvation. There is none holy like the Lord: for there is none besides You; there is no rock like our God.”

1 Samuel 2:1-2

Mary’s Song

And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for He has looked on the humble estate of His servant. For behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed.”

Luke 1:46-48

Hannah’s Song

There is none holy like the Lord: for there is none besides You; there is no rock like our God.

1 Samuel 2:2

Mary’s Song

Behold, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for He who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is His name.

Luke 1:48-49

Hannah’s Song

Talk no more so very proudly, let not arrogance come from your mouth;
for the Lord is a God of knowledge, and by Him actions are weighed.

1 Samuel 2:3

Mary’s Song

He has shown strength with His arm; He has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts;

Luke 1:51

Hannah’s Song

The bows of the mighty are broken, but the feeble bind on strength.

1 Samuel 2:4 ESV

Mary’s Song

He has scattered the proud in the thought of their hearts; He has brought down the mighty from their thrones and exalted those of humble estate.

Luke 1:51-52

Hannah’s Song

He will guard the feet of His faithful ones.

1 Samuel 2:9

Mary’s Song

And His mercy is for those who fear Him from generation to generation.

Luke 1:50

Hannah’s Song

He will guard the feet of His faithful ones, but the wicked shall be cut off in darkness, for not by might shall a man prevail. The adversaries of the Lord shall be broken to pieces; against them He will thunder in heaven.

1 Samuel 2:9 – 10

Mary’s Song

He has brought down the mighty from their thrones…and the rich He has sent away empty.

Luke 1:52, 53

Hannah’s Song

The Lord will judge the ends of the earth; He will give strength to His king and exalt the horn of His anointed.

1 Samuel 2:10

Mary’s Song

He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich He has sent away empty. He has helped His servant Israel, in remembrance of His mercy, as He spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to His offspring forever.

Luke 1:53-55

 

LIFE-GIVING ENCOURAGEMENT

 

Though we have focused on the stories of Mary and Hannah this week, remember that all of Scripture is about Jesus. Though they never mention the name of Jesus in their songs, their message is clear. Their lives are all about trusting God and the promise of deliverance through the Messiah. Their prayers declare His glory and His trustworthiness. Sometimes we are faced with such deep sorrow or confusion that the only appropriate response is to declare that God is sovereign and we can trust Him, even in that mystifying and sometimes terrifying place. When you experience that turn of events in your own life pilgrimage, remember these songs of worship, each word declaring that God hears, He extends mercy, and He is keeping His promises.

 

STORE UP MORE TREASURES

 
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At some point in our lives, we or someone we know will go through great suffering. I encourage you to go the MARKINC website and listen to the interview "Abandoned but Not Forgotten, A conversation with Dr. Bob Petterson" so that you can store up treasures of encouragement for the next rainy day in your life or someone else's. Here is a summary and teaser of this resource:

Bob Petterson was abandoned by his mother, shifted from one abusive foster home to another, bullied not only by kids but by some of his foster parents, beaten and sexually assaulted by numerous people tasked with being his protectors. Is there any hope for such a child? Bob shares how he grew into a hope-filled man who learned to trust God.

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