I Shall Lift Up My Hands
I Shall Lift Up My Hands
People “lift up” their hands for all sorts of reasons. One might be waving a greeting to a friend — asking permission to speak — praising God — praying — showing honor — or even trying to show a strength and threat of war. That’s usually with a closed fist.
We also “lift up” our heads and our eyes to show attention, hope, joy, and trust. A person’s head and eyes often look down when the person is sad and discouraged. It’s all a part of body language.
A psalmist wanted to show love, honor, and respect, so he prayed in Psalm 119:48,
And I shall lift up my hands to Your commandments,
Which I love;
And I will meditate on Your statutes.
Here was a guy who saw great wisdom and love in God’s commandments. He appreciated God’s ways so much that he lifted up his “hands” to show how awesome he felt God is. We also are blessed with those same “commandments” that this psalmist loved. When we study them the way he did, we will also learn to “love” them.
Psalm 28:2 shows a lifting up of hands in a prayer for help,
Hear the voice of my supplications when I cry to You for help,
When I lift up my hands toward Your holy sanctuary.
Beyond lifting up hands, King David wrote in Psalm 25:1,
To You, O LORD, I lift up my soul.
Our whole being is to look to God for every need. We look to God because we are just created beings — helpless in so many ways — and needing to recognize that. Isaiah 40:26 describes a little bit of the power we need to lean on,
Lift up your eyes on high
And see who has created these stars,
The One who leads forth their host by number,
He calls them all by name;
Because of the greatness of His might and the strength of His power,
Not one of them is missing.
As God cares for us and all of His awesome creation, we say, “Hallelujah! LORD, thank You for caring for our every need.”
A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and GOD of gods.
Pray for our country.
The LORD made this day, let us rejoice and be glad in Him.
The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
Sing for joy in the LORD, O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming to the upright.
How blessed are those who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Just as a father has compassion on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
O give thanks to the LORD, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.