Rejoice, O Barren One

August 13, 2023 Speaker: Drew Bennett Series: 1 Samuel

Passage: 1 Samuel 1:1-8, 1 Samuel 1:18-20, 1 Samuel 2:1-10

Memory Verse for the Week: 1 Samuel 2:1-2 (ESV)

And Hannah prayed and said, “My heart exults in the LORD; my horn is exalted in the LORD. My mouth derides my enemies, because I rejoice in your salvation. “There is none holy like the LORD: for there is none besides you; there is no rock like our God.

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Intro: Where do you feel particularly defeated? How do you feel about that?

“Your helplessness is your best prayer. You must become resigned to it.” – O. Hallesby

“God creates out of nothing. Therefore, until a man is nothing, God can make nothing out of him.” – Martin Luther

“That God is rich in mercy means that your regions of deepest shame and regret are not hotels through which God’s love passes but homes in which his love abides.” – Dane Ortlund

Take-away: God gives where he finds empty hands.


1. Worship the Lord. He is inexhaustibly great and inexhaustibly good.

2. Confess your unbelief. Viewing God through the lens of your circumstances or your feelings, not the other way around. Is your happiness determined by your circumstances?

3. Give thanks for Jesus. The True King. He breaks the bows of the mighty, but strengthens the feeble (1 Samuel 2:4). Rejoice in his salvation.

4. Prayer for those you know who are going through a particularly difficult time. Pray that they would find the encouragement they need to not lose heart.

5. Ask the Spirit to help you rejoice in the Lord always (Phil 4:4) – no matter your circumstances.

Looking Back

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