10 “Those who contend with the LORD will be shattered;
Against them He will thunder in the heavens,
The LORD will judge the ends of the earth;
And He will give strength to His king,
And will exalt the horn of His anointed.”
I am struck by the prophetic feel of Hannah’s prayer. She could easily see herself as the lowly or poor who God has rescued from her enemies but her declarations seem to go so far beyond her on personal circumstances.
In fact, I see Hannah as a kind of Mary figure. There is no record she was visited by an angel or had God’s purposes declared to her in advance — but she seems to have a sense of destiny. Hannah prayed and struggled for a child even though it didn’t seem to matter to her husband. She knew when her petition was answered and exactly what she would do with the child who was given her. She was very clear on the time she would keep the child before taking him to the priest. She even continued to minister to her son in bringing him a robe every year.
On the day she gives him to God’s service you might expect weeping or sorrow or concern, but instead she announces fulfillment! It is almost like she has completed her calling by bringing Samuel to his “place” in God’s plan.
This is not a sad day for Hannah because Hannah’s prayer sees across time – to the fulfillment of all God has promised – victory, salvation, and Jesus, His anointed, being exalted.