Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and joy in his dwelling place. Ascribe to the LORD, O families of nations, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength, ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name. Bring an offering and come before him; worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness. I Chron 16:27-29
This is my little girl praising Jesus during the children’s worship service yesterday. I have to say, I’m envious of her spunk and natural ability to stand out in the crowd. That’s not one of my strong suits. In fact, I’m most comfortable sitting in the back of any event and that includes Sunday service.
I love the sincere beauty of a child worshipping her Jesus. She knows she loves Him and her hands instinctively reach for heaven. She doesn’t mind if the other kids might look at her or if they’re bothered by it.
But if you are like me and haven’t always been around those who raise their hands to worship you may not be as comfortable raising your own hands. I’ve been a part of churches where raising your hands is natural for most of the congregation and others where no one raises their hands and it would be frowned upon to do so.
I’ve heard, “I hate it when people raise their hands. It’s distracting and we’re not at a concert.”
I don’t feel that way when I see folks worshipping with hands uplifted to heaven. I love it. I only see someone loving their Jesus and being His girl (or guy) in an intimate moment where their heart is on Him and longing for Him.
Who are we to decide how someone else worships? Whether your hands are uplifted or not, we are there for our focus to be on Christ – not ourselves and not on the gal 3 rows up who has her hands up, or in the next row over who is swaying to the music – I am the one swaying. To some degree it is a concert. A concert of His beloved uniting in praising His Holy name.
The trumpeters and singers joined in unison, as with one voice, to give praise and thanks to the LORD. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals and other instruments, they raised their voices in praise to the LORD and sang: “He is good; his love endures forever.” Then the temple of the LORD was filled with a cloud… 2 Chronicles 5:13
Would you like to have uninhibited childlike love for Jesus? Are you like me and longing to throw your hands in the air but too shy to do it? Do you think raising hands is distracting?
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