Lifted Up: Our Hands
To you, Lord, I call; you are my Rock . . .
Hear my cry for mercy as I call to you for help, as I lift up my hands toward your Most Holy Place.
Psalm 28:1-2 New International Version (NIV)
Some people wonder why we lift our hands in worship. Hands lifted up are empty desiring to be filled. Lifting our hands to God puts things in perspective. He is the Giver of life and we want to receive it. Jesus has promised us everlasting life through His death on the Cross as we believe He died for our sin. Want to receive eternity in God's Kingdom? Lift up holy hands and give God His glory.
We do not receive holiness through our deeds. We are to come to God believing who He is. He, who examines hearts and minds, fills us with His Spirit to enable us to become holy and acceptable in His sight. This was the work of Jesus and why following Him, as the lost sheep that we are without Him, we are reconciled with our Heavenly Father.
When our focus is on the Lord and our hands are lifted up to Him in praise and prayer, we are reaching to receive His mercy and help. God has promised to fill our hands and our entire lives with love and grace that we cannot even imagine when we call out to Him. Forever.
I want everyone everywhere to lift innocent hands toward heaven and pray, without being angry or arguing with each other. 1 Timothy 2:8 CEV