Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | March 26, 2015

“Trust in Him at all times, O people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.”

Today’s devotion comes from 1 Samuel Chapter 1.  Here is a link to this chapter – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+Samuel+1&version=NASB

I quote only the following verses.

“4 When the day came that Elkanah sacrificed, he would give portions to Peninnah his wife and to all her sons and her daughters;  5 but to Hannah he would give a double portion, for he loved Hannah, but the Lord had closed her womb.  6 Her rival, however, would provoke her bitterly to irritate her, because the Lord had closed her womb.  7 It happened year after year, as often as she went up to the house of the Lord, she would provoke her;  so she wept and would not eat.  8 Then Elkanah her husband said to her, “Hannah, why do you weep and why do you not eat and why is your heart sad?  Am I not better to you than ten sons?”

9 Then Hannah rose after eating and drinking in Shiloh.  Now Eli the priest was sitting on the seat by the doorpost of the temple of the Lord.  10 She, greatly distressed, prayed to the Lord and wept bitterly.  11 She made a vow and said, “O Lord of hosts, if You will indeed look on the affliction of Your maidservant and remember me, and not forget Your maidservant, but will give Your maidservant a son, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life, and a razor shall never come on his head.”

12 Now it came about, as she continued praying before the Lord, that Eli was watching her mouth.  13 As for Hannah, she was speaking in her heart, only her lips were moving, but her voice was not heard.  So Eli thought she was drunk.  14 Then Eli said to her, “How long will you make yourself drunk?  Put away your wine from you.”  15 But Hannah replied, “No, my lord, I am a woman oppressed in spirit;  I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but I have poured out my soul before the Lord.

19 Then they arose early in the morning and worshiped before the Lord, and returned again to their house in Ramah.  And Elkanah had relations with Hannah his wife, and the Lord remembered her.  20 It came about in due time, after Hannah had conceived, that she gave birth to a son;  and she named him Samuel, saying, “Because I have asked him of the Lord.” 

27 For this boy I prayed, and the Lord has given me my petition which I asked of Him.  28 So I have also dedicated him to the Lord;  as long as he lives he is dedicated to the Lord.”  And he worshiped the Lord there.”  1 Samuel Chapter 1:  Verses 4-15 and 19-20 and 27-28.

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Hannah poured out her soul before the LORD.  And, the LORD granted her petition and gave her a son, “and she named him Samuel, saying, “Because I have asked him of the Lord.”  Verse 20.

Trust in Him at all times, O people;  Pour out your heart before Him;  God is a refuge for us.  Selah.”  Psalm 62:8.

“1 As the deer pants for the water brooks,
So my soul pants for You, O God.
2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God;
When shall I come and appear before God?
3 My tears have been my food day and night,
While they say to me all day long, “Where is your God?”
4 These things I remember and I pour out my soul within me.
For I used to go along with the throng and lead them in procession to the house of God,
With the voice of joy and thanksgiving, a multitude keeping festival.

5 Why are you in despair, O my soul?
And why have you become disturbed within me?
Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him
For the help of His presence.
6 O my God, my soul is in despair within me;
Therefore I remember You from the land of the Jordan
And the peaks of Hermon, from Mount Mizar.
7 Deep calls to deep at the sound of Your waterfalls;
All Your breakers and Your waves have rolled over me.
The Lord will command His lovingkindness in the daytime;
And His song will be with me in the night,
A prayer to the God of my life.

9 I will say to God my rock, “Why have You forgotten me?
Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?”
10 As a shattering of my bones, my adversaries revile me,
While they say to me all day long, “Where is your God?”
11 Why are you in despair, O my soul?
And why have you become disturbed within me?
Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him,
The help of my countenance and my God.”  Psalm Chapter 42.

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