Saturday, December 14, 2019
1 Samuel 2:1-8 *This is a prayer expressing the power and holiness of God, God is our “Rock!”
“Hannah prayed and said, “My heart exults in the Lord; my strength is exalted in my God. My mouth derides my enemies, because I rejoice in my victory. “There is no Holy One like the Lord, no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God. 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. The bows of the mighty are broken, but the feeble gird on strength. Those who were full have hired themselves out for bread, but those who were hungry are fat with spoil. The barren has borne seven, but she who has many children is forlorn. The Lord kills and brings to life; he brings down to Sheol and raises up. The Lord makes poor and makes rich; he brings low, he also exalts. He raises up the poor from the dust; he lifts the needy from the ash heap, to make them sit with princes and inherit a seat of honor. For the pillars of the earth are the Lord’s, and on them he has set the world.”
Can you imagine being with Moses and the children of Israel when they were wondering in the wilderness and seeing the moment Moses struck the rock and water sprung to quench their thirst (Exodus 17). What power, majesty and holiness of God was displayed!! Throughout history artists have tried to capture such events such as this in different expressions of art. Here’s a few:
The Bible has many examples of God’s power, God’s holiness and the greatest of all is found in a baby, born in Bethlehem over two thousand years ago. Jesus traded the beauty of heaven and its splendors reserved for the holy for the furnishings of the lowly. It is through this great sacrifice, born to a virgin and a carpenter, Mary & Joseph loved Jesus and praised God for all He had done! You and I can experience the holiness of God this Advent season by reading about and anticipating the birth of Jesus.
God, there is no one like you, and none can compare to you. You are our Rock, our Redeemer. May I grow in holiness as you are revealed to me. May the coming Christ Child be a reminder to me of what your holiness looks like. ~Amen.
~Hope & Peace~