I remember the old westerns and gangster movies, where every time a person was arrested or confronted with a weapon, the call would be to, “Stick em up!” Even today, things have changed little, but now you hear, “Let’s me see your hands!” You’d think they were in a revival tent. There is something very surrendering about lifting up the hands, whether at call of the police ( I’ve never had the actual experience.) or at the call of the preacher. But why lifted hands? Like the child who raises his hands because they want to be picked up, they are expressing their helplessness away from the parent, and need to be held. Like the praise singer who needs to lift his/her hands, it is a show of helplessness without the Father, and a call for Him to lift us up. We want to be held. Like the man lifting his hands to prayer in total surrender, Scripture tells us in 1 Timothy: “Therefore, I want the men in every place to pray, lifting up holy hands without anger or argument. Also, the women are to dress themselves in modest clothing, with decency and good sense, not with elaborate hairstyles, gold, pearls, or expensive apparel, but with good works, as is proper for women who affirm that they worship God.” 2:8-10 So why is it so hard for a man to lift his hands? I understand that it has to be done for the right reasons, for any other reason other that devotion to the One being praised, is only show. But the heart that surrenders during worship, and during prayer, is a heart surrendered to God, and that person doesn’t have to worry who might be looking, judging, or thinking that you are too far out there. Our attention, our full attention is given to the Lord. Don’t you think it’s time we start putting our faith out there. If we can’t have the freedom to express ourselves humbly before the Lord in His house, how will we be expressive when we are in a social surrounding in the world? Maybe we should think about the real reason we are so reticent to express ourselves while in the company of believers. To keep our focus heavenward, so that we can develop habits of love, humbling ourselves before the Lord. Maybe it’s time to: “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and He will exalt you.” James 4:10 Remember, He is the worthy One. He is the Holy One, He is the Lord.
Heavenly Father, I lift my hands to You today, I bow before You, my Lord and my Savior.. I surrender every pretense and will keep my eyes focused on You today. I will wait with my arms high in surrender for You to answer me, and comfort me, for I humbly come before You in Jesus name.