e are encouraged and instructed in Psalm 134 to lift up our hands as we worship the living God, the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Worship is the highest activity in which any man can be involved. When we worship our audience is Almighty God.
Praise and lift up your hands. There is an emphasis on praise. God is serious about Praise. This is a serious matter.
To lift up holy hands is appropriate. It is not to make us look good or super spiritual, nor to draw attention to ourselves, but as gesture of worship. Louvores de Adoração It is a biblical expression of praise. In the New Testament it is commanded! When it comes to Praise and Worship, leadership is so vitally important.
It is as if we are looking to our loving gracious God like a child asking to be picked up.
It is possible to sing praise songs without praising, without having that desire, that longing and yearning to worship.
When reading Psalm 73 verses 16 and 17, where Asaph the Psalmist had problems, these many problems remained and clouded his life, until he entered the sanctuary of God; until he entered the presence of God.
The key word is praise, and listening to people praising is contagious.
Lifting up your hands is a very simple movement of muscles, and it is independent of feelings. You cannot always command your heart like that.
In this series of fifteen Psalms called the Songs of Ascent, we began “in my distress” Do you remember that? Turn back to Psalm 120 and read of the start of the journey for yourself. But look at the Psalmist now, as he is praising and worshipping.
In my distress, in my darkness, and in my confusion, I was coming out of the wilderness and out of captivity, and making my way to Jerusalem and to the place of prayer. Part of the answer to such deliverance is to be in that setting and situation where you can lift up your hands and where you can sing praises with a serious and sincere and determined heart.
The Psalmist would not allow the darkness or the depression or the gloom to invade him and encompass him.
He is determined to climb these slopes and to ascend these steps and to rise above the very real shade of the valleys.
He comes out of these shadows step by step and stage by stage.
There is a way and there is an escape. There is a road, and at times it can be very steep. We read of that in I Corinthians Chapter 10 verses 11 to 13.
As the Psalmist lifts his hands, he experiences the blessing of the living God. Can we not testify and bear witness to this ourselves?
When we worship on a Sunday or a Wednesday, or at some other tine we may come tired or weary, and perhaps feeling we would rather be somewhere else, but as we praise and worship, the risen and living and ascended Lord Jesus Christ comes and ministers to us.
This has been the experience of the people of God down through the centuries in Old and New Testaments.