v 1 Then Hannah prayed: “My heart rejoices in the Lord! The Lord has made me strong. Now I have an answer for my enemies;
I rejoice because you rescued me.
The mother who learned to praise God.
If you get an opportunity today, go back and read Mary’s song of praise in Luke 1 (The Magnificat). In totally different circumstances these two mothers had learned the secret of thanking and praising God for His gift of a child. This is surely an attitude that would have rubbed off on the child Samuel from the very beginning. He would have young indeed to be taken to Shiloh – some suggest he would have little over 3 years old – but the earlier nurturing given by parents would have left its mark. They were a couple determined to worship with thankful hearts, and that spirit of thanksgiving. would have been evident in the life of their home
Where there is a warm spirit of praise to God there is also likely to have been a framework of appreciation in the home, with praise and positive encouragement for children.
It is attitudes like these that build confidence in children and enable them to develop both mentally and spiritually. You will see this in the round as we work through Samuel’s life and see him become a person of influence in the nation.