Monday, April 28, 2008

A Theology Of Praise

He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap, to make them sit with princes of his people. He gives the barren woman a home, making her the joyous mother of children. Praise the LORD!
Psalm 113:9
According to the psalmist in this Scripture, the end result of praise begins with people God has made poor and placed in the dust and a woman God has made barren.

There was a certain man of Ramathaimzophim of the hill country of Ephraim whose name was Elkanah...He had two wives. The name of the one was Hannah and the name of the other, Penninah. And Penninah had children, but Hannah had no children.
1 Samuel 1:1, 2
God closed Hannah's womb and caused her to endure the scorn and ridicule of her husband's other wife, Penninah, until it brought her to the point where she could bear it no longer, weeping and refusing to eat.

Why did He do this?

So that He could make her the joyous mother of children ...
"My heart exults in the LORD; my strength is exalted in the LORD."
1 Samuel 2:1

Indeed the LORD visited Hannah, and she conceived and bore three sons and two daughters.
1 Samuel 2:21
... and so that, together with her experience, He could teach her the exact same theology that He taught the psalmist:
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.
1 Samuel 2:8

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