“Come out with your hands up”…is a phrase frequently heard when the policed are in the process of capturing a criminal. When the criminal makes the decision to surrender, he or she comes out with hands in the air as an act of surrender to the authorities. While they could cry out “I surrender” the police would not recognize the surrender until they see hands in the air…
I am of the belief actions speak louder than words and for me this is especially true in worship…I am frequently moved to lift my hands to demonstrate my cry for mercy, show of affection and act of surrender, relinquishing control and drinking in His anointing allowing my focus to turn completely to Him. For some this act of worship is not customary or even comfortable but it is a Biblically correct act of worship and is acceptable in the sanctuary!
Cry for Mercy: Hear my cry for mercy as I call to you for help, as I lift up my hands toward your Most Holy Place. Psalms 28:2
Show of Affection: I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. Psalms 63:4
Focus on Him: I lift up my hands to your commands, which I love, and I meditate on your decrees. Psalms 119:48
Act of Worship: Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and praise the Lord. Psalms 134:2
I know…I know…You are thinking to yourself, “But it just isn’t comfortable” or “I just feel weird” or even “I don’t want people looking at me”…
My response to that is…
Get OVER YOURSELF and Get INTO JESUS!!!
“It is You” by the News Boys says it best!