Psalm 28:2, 63:4,141:2 NIV 2011
Hear my cry for mercy as I call to you for help, as I lift my hands toward your Most Holy Place.
I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands.
May my prayer be set before you like incense; may the lifting up of my hands belike the evening sacrifice.
David wrote each of these psalms. There is one common element, the physical act of lifting hands during prayer. Psalm 134:2, “Lift up hour hands in sanctuary and praise to the Lord.” Lamentations 2:19b, “Lift up our hands to him for the lives of your children, who faint from hunger at every street corner.” The Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy, 1 Timothy 2:8, “Therefore I want the men everywhere to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or disputing.” A believer’s prayer incorporates lifting hands to God.
The first time I lifted my hands to God in prayer was memorable. God called me to adult leadership with our youth group’s mission trip to Mexicali. We gathered after dinner for the message, James 1:19-26. We were challenged to be “doers” of the Word not just “hearers.” As we prayed, I lifted my hands in worship and praise to our Lord. What was part of the daily routine ended upon our return. I’m now worshiping beside believers lifting their hands during prayer/praise to God.
How will we express praise to God today?
Lifting hands together,