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Pouring Out: Meditation on 1 Samuel 1

March 6, 2006

I have been pouring out my soul to the Lord . . . . I have been praying here out of my great anguish and grief.” 1 Samuel 1 :15-16

“Then she went her way and ate something, and her face was no longer downcast.” 1 Samuel 1: 18

The story of Hannah is one that has always touched me, and today it encouraged me in a specific way. God impressed on my heart through the scriptures above that when I pour out my soul to the Lord—when I lament my struggles to Him—I’ll no longer be downcast. Even though Hannah’s situation hadn’t changed (she received no promise from God she would bear a child) after pouring out her anguish and grief to the Lord, she no longer is depressed and goes and eats something, which she’d been unable to do before due to her distress.

It is the very process of pouring out to the Lord our grief, disappointments, and “bitterness of soul,” (vs. 10) that changes us. Our hope is renewed in the Lord as we place our burdens at His feet. This is a process we’ll probably have to repeat many times in our lifetime, even many times over the same circumstance! But as this process cleanses us, we will be able to go forth like Hannah, “no longer downcast.”

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  1. March 22, 2006 12:52 am

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