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Friday, August 28 2015

Psalm 63:1-5 KJV
[1] O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;
[2] To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.
[3] Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee.
[4] Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name.
[5] My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips:

The word "hand" is found over 1500 times in the King James Version of the Bible. The hand was used to bless...

Matthew 8:3 KJV
[3] And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.

...and to curse

Genesis 16:12 KJV
[12] And he will be a wild man; his hand will be against every man, and every man's hand against him; and he shall dwell in the presence of all his brethren.

We too can bless others by:

• Lending a helping hand
• We can hold hands
• Giving a hand
• Doing the task at hand

But, we can also curse others by:

• Lifting or raising our hand against someone
• Hitting or striking another person with our hand

God has given us two hands, one to receive with and the other to give with. ~ Billy Graham

Our hand can be used to communicate to others including:

• Holding our palm toward someone tells them to
• A clenched fist reveals anger
• Raised hands show surrender

...and it signifies that we are taking an oath.

Genesis 14:22-23 KJV
[22] And Abram said to the king of Sodom, I have lift up mine hand unto the Lord , the most high God, the possessor of heaven and earth,
[23] That I will not take from a thread even to a shoelatchet, and that I will not take any thing that is thine, lest thou shouldest say, I have made Abram rich:

In the scriptures, the raising of hands was a normative worship practice. The uplifting of the hands is a gesture indicative of prayer and humbleness.

• It revealed a desire for more of God

Psalm 143:6 KJV
[6] I stretch forth my hands unto thee: my soul thirsteth after thee, as a thirsty land. Selah.

• It reveals a change of heart or repentance.

Job 11:13 KJV
[13] If thou prepare thine heart, and stretch out thine hands toward him;

• It blesses God

Psalm 134:2 KJV
[2] Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the Lord.

• It is an act of sacrifice

Psalm 141:2 KJVS
[2] Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.

• Raising our hands brings restoration

Lamentations 2:19 KJV
[19] Arise, cry out in the night: in the beginning of the watches pour out thine heart like water before the face of the Lord: lift up thy hands toward him for the life of thy young children, that faint for hunger in the top of every street.

• We can receive and embrace God's Word

Psalm 119:48 KJV
[48] My hands also will I lift up unto thy commandments, which I have loved; and I will meditate in thy statutes.

There is an anointing in the raised hands of a believer. It brings victory in the battle. The writer of Exodus tells of a battle between the Israelites and the Amelekites. Moses said I will stand on the top of the hill and as long as he had his hands raised the Children of Israel prevailed.

Exodus 17:12-13 KJV
[12] But Moses' hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.
[13] And Joshua discomfited Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword. We can not do this alone, but we must hold each other up so that battle can be won.

In the New Testament, Paul wrote to Timothy...

1 Timothy 2:8 KJV
[8] I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting. When we lift our hands, they must be "holy". We cannot reach the throne of God with junk living in our lives.

Paul is referring back to the tabernacle and the cleansing of the High Priest. The lifting of hands may seem routine, but it is far from insignificant. God is looking for a people that are willing to prepare their heart and humble themselves through lifting sacrificial hands because it:

• Blesses Him
• Brings restoration
• Helps us to receive and embrace the Word

Posted by: Pastor Robert P. Eaby, Jr. AT 09:24 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
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