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Monday, June 27, 2011

Open Hands Open Hearts

I knew I'd written on the subject of lifting of our hands in worship at some point. As I went searching for it had no idea it was well over a year ago. I've re-posted the original piece from March of 2010. How time flies.
Yesterday was an especially glorious day in our Lord's presence.Please don't take me as some super spiritual whoever. It's certainly not that way all the time.
I just finished one book, The Divine Embrace by Ken Gire and embarked on a journey with Ann Voskamp through One Thousand Gifts. Both authors are brutally honest in their presentations. That is the challenge of the day for me.
Almost half of my life has been spent in fear. My mother died of polio when I was almost three, she was thirty five years old. For most of the first twenty some years of my life, I was certain I would die before reaching that milestone. In 1970 a whole new Spiritual world opened up to me. Release from that fear among others began to unfold.
Lord your presence is once more so very real. Coming to accept my mother's death was a tremendous turning point. I'm not sure of the process that took place but I am extremely grateful that God took me down that road.

Jack Hayford is one of my favorite teachers of God's Word. Last night he spoke on what it means to extend our hands in Worship. I offer a brief outline of his talk, my you think on the points he shared.

Why the hands? What part of the body do I use the most?

His text was Romans 12;1

I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

First: I Reach beyond myself. Open hands extended offering my heart to receive.

Second: Ask for council, wisdom.

Third: Invite God's presence into every area of my life.

Forth: Surrender the up raised hands are the universal sign of surrender. I give myself, a living sacrifice.

Fifth: Embrace Taking to myself all of who God says He is, all he offers me by His Word and His presence.

Meditaion:Psalm 63:1-8.

This is my hearts cry.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Holy Hands

Have you ever wondered why God's Word talks about lifting our hands, Holy Hands unto Him. Depending on the spiritual roads you have traveled over the years, this practice may or may not be new to you.

My first recollection of anyone lifting their hands to the Lord was in the church of my childhood. Each Sunday at the close of the service the pastor would walk to the rear of the sanctuary lift both hands in a large V over his head and repeat the benediction.

Numbers 6:25 is the passage that comes to mind. "May the Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you. The Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace." These were the words the Lord gave Moses to give to Aaron and his sons, with which to bless the Israelites. Jews to this day use this blessing. I challenge you to meditate on this verse and gain a new understanding of it's scope. We would do well to lift our hands and offer these words in prayer over our mates, our children, our friends and our enemies.

In a cursory search of the Scriptures I found more than fifteen references to lifting ones hands in supplication to the Lord.

Psalm 119:48 says "I will lift up my hands to (for) Your commands, which I love, and I will meditate on your decrees." How do we know His commands? By reading and meditating on His Word. Open, lifted hands, mean surrender.

1st Timothy 2:8 reads "Therefore I want the men in every place to pray, lifting up holy hands, without wrath or dissension." We can pray where ever we are.

Psalm 141:2 " May my prayer be counted as incense before Thee; the lifting up of my hands as the evening offering." Their custom was to pray a minimum of three times a day.
My challenge is to find the other twelve plus scriptures that talk about lifting up of Hands, Holy Hands and re-evaluate your thinking on the subject.

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