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I Shall Lift Up My Hands

March 26, 2017


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.


Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus



The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24


The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30


Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1


How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4


Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13


O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1


Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3




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.

Philippians 3:12









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