We were privileged to take a very long hike in the Massif du Chablais in the Haute Savoie. We were just under the tree line at about 6000 feet. The views were breathtaking but the most memorable moment was coming across a herd of some 30 Ibex mountain goats! As a group they calmly crossed our path. Their horns appeared impressive and menacing with their prehistoric-looking ridges. I was amazed that they allowed us to be so close. For a good fifteen minutes we silently watched them watch us!
The herd was made up entirely of males. I learned that in the summers they form groups and hold big battles to establish superiority. In fact, even during our short encounter, two of them started to get into it!
Our verse for today begins a prayer of thanksgiving. Hannah had just dedicated her son, Samuel, to the Lord. She is rejoicing in the fact that the Lord has vindicated her before her enemies. She says that her horn is exalted in the Lord. The horn is a symbol of strength and Hannah recognizes that her strength is in Him. The Lord has made her victorious over those who had ridiculed her for her barrenness.
David calls the Lord, “the horn of my salvation” (Psalm 18:2) and Jesus is called a horn of salvation (Luke 1:69). Because He is my strength, I too can call Him the horn of my salvation! He fights for me. Not only that, but He wins! He will triumph over any foe in my life.
Thank you, Lord, that it does not depend on me. You are fighting my battles!
(Look familiar? This is a summer re-post due to ministry schedule.)