Every time I read the story of Hannah and her vow to the Lord and the fact that she fulfilled the vow, I am always amazed by her action. Very many people do not see the fact that she did something significant and worthy to be noted. This woman gave her first son, the first fruit of her body to the Lord as a gift or better put – sacrifice. I tried to imagine what happened when she wanted to break the news to Elkanah, her husband. I tried to picture the scene that happened when she took the young boy from home all the way to Shiloh and wondered the scenario of leaving Samuel in the temple to live there for the rest of his life! This deal had been concluded, the sacrifice had been made. She asked the Lord for a son and that has been given. She was not sure if another one would follow. Would she need to make another vow for another child?
The second chapter which we read tells us that she still sang a song of praise to the Lord in the presence of the congregation in the temple. That means she gave to the Lord with her whole heart and with everything with her. The gift was not with any form of doubt; it was not out of compulsion, but by self-will, she did not look back. O what a true sacrifice of praise!
When you give something to the Lord or fulfil your vows to God, what is your mindset? Is it with praise or with regret? Maybe you think you shouldn’t have promised that kind of vow? Maybe God should understand that the vow would be difficult to fulfil and should overlook it. Hannah made good her vow and the Lord added blessings the more to her. Every time sacrifice is with praise to the Lord, you can be assured that God will exceed your expectations. Your sacrificial praise will always increase what you will get from the Lord.
Psalm 116:17-18 “I will offer to You the sacrifice of thanksgiving, And will call upon the name of the Lord. I will pay my vows to the Lord now in the presence of all His people.”
Lord God, open my heart to Your gracious love and help me to always realize that You are the source of all I have. Also help me to give to You with joy in my heart in Jesus’ mighty name. Amen.
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