An Immediate Song of Worship

Women Worshippers in the Scriptures

By Savannah Cone

In this series, we explore the presence of women worshippers in the Scriptures, underlining the significance of worship in their lives. Their profound devotion to the Lord is unmistakably evident throughout the scriptures.

Across the Biblical narrative, two women stand out for their similarly immediate response of worship when faced with miraculous interventions in their lives: Hannah and Mary. Their stories, separated by centuries, echo the same melody of gratitude and praise to a sovereign God.

Hannah, a woman acquainted with the heartache of barrenness, endured taunts and bullying from her husband’s other wife. In her desperation, she struck a pact with the Lord, promising to dedicate her future son to His service. When the long-awaited son, Samuel, was born, Hannah didn’t respond with tears or bitterness. Instead, she offered an immediate prayer of worship, expressing gratitude for God’s faithfulness.

Fast forward to Mary, a humble young woman visited by the angel Gabriel with the astonishing news of becoming the mother of the Son of God. Her response? Humility and acceptance. When she later met her relative Elizabeth, both women, overwhelmed with joy, responded with an immediate song of worship. Mary’s song, known as the Magnificat, mirrors Hannah’s earlier prayer in its focus on God’s faithfulness and sovereignty.

The parallel between these two women is striking. Both faced miraculous events, and both responded with a burst of worship. Their immediate inclination to praise God challenges us to consider our own reactions to God’s interventions in our lives.

Do we, like these women, find ourselves breaking into worship at the miraculous workings of God? Or do we often let such moments pass without acknowledging His faithfulness?

If you’re unsure about your immediate reactions, here are some indicators to consider:

  1. Infrequent Praise: If you can’t remember the last time you praised God in or for a specific situation, it might be time to reassess your immediate response.
  2. Perceived Absence of Miracles: Feeling like you never witness God’s miracles could be a sign that you’re overlooking or not acknowledging His hand in your life.
  3. Friend Before God: If your first instinct is to call a friend to express frustration or celebrate before turning to God, it may indicate a need to prioritize direct communication with Yehovah Shammah, our companion.
  4. Impatience in Waiting: If you can’t recall a time when you asked God for a specific request and genuinely waited for His answer, it’s worth reflecting on your patience and trust in His timing.

Hannah and Mary challenge us to attune our hearts to the immediate response of worship. While we may not break out into song, we can cultivate a posture of gratitude and praise in the face of God’s faithfulness.

As we navigate life's twists and turns, may our immediate reaction be to worship our sovereign God.

Community Director
Savannah studied Music and Worship at Liberty University and currently serves as the Community Director with Next Level Worship International. She is the author of Unlocking Worship. She enjoys spending time with her husband, Tyler and their sweet goldendoodle, Wojo.” In my spare time I find myself pondering theological topics and diving into biblical concepts. I strive to model my life after this verse: Colossians 3:23 Whatever you do, so it from the heart, as something done for the Lord and not for people.”

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