Then Hannah prayed and said,
In 1 Samuel 2:1 Hannah exulted and exalted.
Exult and exalt are two wonderful English words that can be confusing. They are wonderful because every Christian exalts the great name of the Lord Jesus Christ; and in the darkest times of life, God gives believers the gift of exulting in tribulations!
ExALT means to lift something or someone higher. An airplane pilot looks at the ALTimeter to learn how high the plane is above the ground. If the ALTitude (height above ground) is 5,000 feet and the mountain is 6,000 feet, look out! You see the ALT, ALT and ALT?
Like Hannah, I need to exalt the Lord. My heart needs to exalt His holy name. I can't make God or the name of God any higher than it is. His name is the Most High God. But I can show others and even teach my own heart how high God really is. I can lift up the Most High God as high as I can possibly lift Him up! I exalt Him.
ExULT really should be exSULT. The SULT part of the word means to jump. Exult means "to jump for joy." The only other SULT word I can think of is "assault." Assault means to jump on a person and beat them up. Christians should not assault people, but we should be jumping for joy. Our heart should exult. It should be jumping out of our chest at the joy of knowing God.
Can you exult? Can you sing like Hannah? Will you exalt the Lord because He has exalted you out of sin and into His eternal life? Can you sing to Him, "I rejoice in Your salvation."?
Read Hannah's prayer again. Do you see the three times she says "my" and the one time she says, "Your"? Let me paraphrase Hannah's prayer.
"This is MINE! This is MINE! This is MINE! Because of YOUR salvation!"
Everything is mine because of God's salvation. Exult in this wonder. Exalt the great name of your Savior God, Jesus Christ.
For me to live is Christ.