Introduction: Our text shows a mother by the name of Hannah rejoicing about how God will handle both the wicked and the saints. Hannah had been ridiculed by her husband’s other wife for being barren. Today’s discussion centers around how Hannah now offers praise, as she dedicates her son, Samuel, to the Lord.
1. Praise God in His house. Notice that the praise in vs. 1 is taking place in the house of the Lord (i.e., Temple in the Old Testament). …..Let’s resolve to praise God, especially in our worship services for our sakes and the sakes of those around us.
2. Praise God with your lips and life. Notice in vss. 1-10 that Hannah is not only giving God praise with her lips, but she is also giving her only son. ….. Let’s work on worshipping God with our lips and lives.
3. God can handle the wicked. Notice in vs. 10 that Hannah acknowledges God’s ability to handle wicked people. ….. Let’s live like we believe that God can handle the wicked.
4. Don’t be wicked. Notice that vs. 10 teaches that God handles the wicked. ….. Let’s make sure that we are not being wicked.
5. Make sure you are a saint who is hoping in God. Notice in vss. 8-9 that the saints can hope in God...... Let’s live like we are saved and hoping in God.
6. Let God use you. Notice in vs. 10 that God can give strength to the king......Let’s work on letting God use us in more than just church work.
What is one thing you will take from this material and work on, in regard to your discipleship goals?