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It means “Here I am,” and is mostly used when God personally calls on someone in the Bible to do something difficult and important. Abraham? “Here I am.” Moses? “Here I am.” It’s very complete and emotionally charged, and implies, “Here I am: ready, willing and able.”
There’s a special prayer on Yom Kippur called “Hineni” which starts, “Here I am in deep humility . . . “
I don’t know if God is making a lot of personal calls these days, but I have a feeling most of our responses as contemporary Americans would be slightly more equivocal, at least initially, and would at one point include, “Okay, sure, but . . . It’s a little sudden, that’s all. Hang on, let me turn the game off.”
“Here I am” is a powerful and layered statement, but there’s another meaning to hineni, even deeper and more resonant: Here I stand.
Here I stand. It’s not a meek thought; it’s a bottom line. “Here I stand. Here I will make my stand. I know what will most likely happen, but it does not matter, since I will not be moving. This is where I am going to make my stand. Hineni.” (www.weeklystandard.com Larry Miller)
I read this article a couple of days ago and this is exactly where I am, my heart screams HERE I AM! chose me, do with me and through me as you please….my hunger grows more and more every day that passes by…i dont even know how or where to start.
I’m desperate, I’m willing, I’m hungry, I’m able….Here I am!!