We live in a society that often teaches people to find their security in their achievements, family and friends.
Hannah was a woman who faced similar temptations, but she learned that only God gave her fulfilling security. After the Lord answered her prayer for a child, Samuel, Hannah praises God for being her Rock of security and her fount of satisfaction.
When you are tempted to find your security in your job, your family or your achievements remember the five characteristics of Hannah’s great prayer of praise for God as the Rock of her security.
Security of the One Who Trusts in the Lord.
91 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
Will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress,
My God, in whom I trust!”
3 For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper
And from the deadly pestilence.
4 He will cover you with His pinions,
And under His wings you may seek refuge;
His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark.
5 You will not be afraid of the terror by night,
Or of the arrow that flies by day;
6 Of the pestilence that [a]stalks in darkness,
Or of the destruction that lays waste at noon.
7 A thousand may fall at your side
And ten thousand at your right hand,
But it shall not approach you.
8 You will only look on with your eyes
And see the recompense of the wicked.
9 [b]For you have made the Lord, my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place.
10 No evil will befall you,
Nor will any plague come near your [c]tent.
11 For He will give His angels charge concerning you,
To guard you in all your ways.
12 They will bear you up in their hands,
That you do not strike your foot against a stone.
13 You will tread upon the lion and cobra,
The young lion and the [d]serpent you will trample down.
14 “Because he has loved Me, therefore I will deliver him;
I will set him securely on high, because he has known My name.
15 “He will call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in [e]trouble;
I will rescue him and honor him.
16 “With [f]a long life I will satisfy him
And [g]let him see My salvation.”
1. Hannah praised God because He was the Rock who gave her firm strength in the shifting circumstances of life. When you praise God as your Rock and deliverer He will help you lift your focus above the uncertainty of your circumstances. Friends come and go as do achievements, but only God’s security satisfies the longing soul and fills the hungry soul with what is good. Whoever wants lasting peace needs to go the Rock that is higher than themself.
2. Hannah praised God because He lifted her up above the chiding and arrogant mocking of Peninnah. When people criticize, misunderstood and doubt us we can be assured that the Rock of our God will shelter us in the time of storm. Hannah knew that God was all knowing and that He wil ljudge all sin and pride in His way and time. Never fear when people attack you because His sovereign power is greater than anyone or anything. David wrote, "God is our refuge and strength a very present help in the time of trouble. Therefore, we will not fear though the earth give way and the moutains fall into the heart of the sea." (Psa. 46:1,2)
3. Hannah praised God not because of the gift of a son but because of the GIVER. Do not just focus on what you are given at the time. Do not seek the blessing as much as the BLESSER. Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Hannah knew that she could praise God for His glory, splendor and love in good times and in bad situations.
Praise God when you abound or when you are abased. Learn to be content as Paul did by exercising the secret power given to those of us who have trust Christ as our Lord and Savior.
Paul wrote, "I can do everything God asks me to do with the help of Christ who gives me the strength and power." (Phil. 4:12,13)
Let’s praise God when we are feeling up and when we are feeling down as His glorious attributes are what we should focus our attention on.
Illustration: I have written 641 prayers of praise for the many attributes of God on sermoncentral.com if you will just type "attributes of God" in the sermon title section. Learn to praise God daily for at least five of His attributes
Article culled from sermoncentral
Article Views: 162 share what you think