Yesterday we saw that God calls Himself Yahweh Tsebaoth, or the “Lord of Armies,” over 250 times in the Bible. Interestingly, one of the most famous usages of this particular name was by a woman named Hannah. Now Hannah’s husband’s name was Elkanah, and he was married to her and also to a woman named Peninnah. Peninnah was fertile and she gave birth to many children, but Hannah was unable to conceive. Even though Elkanah loved and favored her, she was discontent about being barren. To make matters worse, every year, she had to make a trip to Shiloh with her husband, Peninnah, and their children, who increased in number every time they went. Though their purpose in the pilgrimage was to worship the Lord, the time was excruciating for Hannah, because it was a reminder that her prayers were still unanswered. During one particular stay, she came to the “end of her rope,” stood up from the dinner table, went outside, and started begging and pleading with the Lord as she wept bitterly. She promised Him that if He would only give her a son, she would dedicate him to His service. And interestingly, when she cried out to her Redeemer that night, the name she used was “Yahweh Tsebaoth.” She knew that she was battling the spirits of doubt and discouragement, and her prayer was a call to war. Though it must have been a strange sight, her willingness to tenaciously fight with God for what she wanted is what led to her breakthrough. In fact, it wasn’t too much later that she became pregnant.
My friend, your Savior is tough, and He has no problem with your honest and heartfelt pleas. If you’re distraught, discouraged, or angry, He welcomes you to approach His throne openly, without holding back your feelings. Even before you tell Him, He understands what you’re going through, and He is more than willing to fight your battle when you lay it at His feet. He is the God of Armies, and when you cry out to Him, He will dispatch a host of heavenly helpers to meet you at your point of deepest desperation and most passionate desire.