Hey everyone! My name is Sarah Fraser and I will be posting on here as well! I’m so excited to share some encouragement and challenges with you guys. Today I will be talking about worship!
I remember as a child in church, on Sunday mornings, observing how different people would respond to the worship service. Some raised their hands in seemingly genuine worship, some never really responded, and others just kind of sang along. I like to think of myself as a pretty observant person, and at times I let that get in the way of my own worship between Me and God.
If people think you are trying to be showy SO WHAT!
Growing up I would always want to raise my hands in worship, but I was afraid to come across as showy or that I was trying to prove something. Many of us may know those people who raise their hands to be seen by others, but we should not let that impact our personal worship with God. If people think you are just trying to be showy then SO WHAT! God sees your heart! If we notice someone that we feel may not be genuine in their worship why don’t we stop and pray for them and just ask God to speak to their heart in a new way?? If something or someone steals our attention from God, turning it into a prayer to work not only in the other person’s heart, but our own is a way to keep our heart in the right place.
It can be a mind and heart check
Raising your hands can be a mind and heart check. There are times my hands are raised to remind myself why I am to worship and who I am worshiping. In all the distractions around me, raising my hands and closing my eyes help me to keep my mind and heart in the right place.
It’s giving praise to God
Sometimes I put my hands up to thank God for what he is teaching me through the song that is currently being sung, but also just showing my thankfulness in general. Other times I may be struggling and I raise my hands to the only one who has the strength to get me through it. Many times my hands are up to praise Him and the mighty work he is doing.
It is a ministry
When we raise our hands it may lead people to question our motives, but also wonder what the point behind it is. This opens up a door of opportunities to share with someone of our loving God and why you worship him in a unique way. Many struggle with talking in front of people and even being seen by others in general. Closing your eyes and raising your hands is not only worship and a way to avoid distraction, but it can also reveal a special side of your relationship with him. However, we should still all be willing to openly share about our faith.
It is an act of obedience
Raising your hands is not the only way to worship. Sometimes it is just simply closing your eyes, praying, sitting, or kneeling. Lifting your hands is just one way. However, if you feel lead to do any of these during worship respond in obedience!
It is our purpose
Praising our savior through the way we live is our ultimate purpose for being on this earth. We should praise him through the big and the little things, such as raising our hands. Don’t let what others think keep you from worshiping our loving Father!
“But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him.”
John 4:23 ESV
“Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!”
Psalm 95:6 ESV
“Exalt the Lord our God; worship at his footstool! Holy is he!”
Psalm 99:5 ESV
“Hear the voice of my pleas for mercy, when I cry to you for help, when I lift up my hands toward your most holy sanctuary.”
Psalm 28:2 ESV
“I will lift up my hands toward your commandments, which I love, and I will meditate on your statutes.”
Psalm 119:48 ESV
“Lift up your hands to the holy place and bless the Lord!”
Psalm 134:2 ESV