What does it Really Mean When People Lift up Their Hands at Church?
Lifting up hands for Christians has been since the times of the Old Testament. There are different reasons why Christians lift up their hands at Church.
Scripturally, lifting up of hands is recognized (1 Timothy 2:8) in the letter to Timothy, Paul said to lift up holy hands when we pray.
Solomon spread his hands towards heaven to dedicate the Temple (1 kings 8:22), David also when praying said “Hear the voice of my supplications, when I cry unto you; when I lift up my hands towards your holy Oracle” (Psalm 28:2).
You might say yes we are doing all of this but does God recognize that, yes He does because He said to the superficial and hypocritical worshipers in the times of Isaiah the prophet “And when you spread forth your hands, I will hide my face from you; yes when you make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood” (Isaiah 1:15).
Here are some reasons why people lift up their hands at Church.
In adoration : People lift up hands to honor God knowing that what they have and own has been given by God. It is a good thing to give thanks to God. When you put God above when he should be and not take Him for granted, you will not be grounded.
People also lift up their hands to show that they surrender, knowing that God is the source of their strength.
Until we get to that point where we know that we cannot do anything on our own, we cannot be victorious.
In Exodus 17 when Israelites were attacked by the Amalekites, Moses had to find a way to defend them.
He lifted up his the staff of God with his hands towards heaven to show surrender knowing that they cannot win without God helping them, it was recorded that as his hands were up the Israelites were winning and when he put down his hands the Amalekites were winning.
This shows that when God is in anything you are doing you are sure to be victorious.
So lifting up of our hands in our room, during prayer hours or in church t God simply implies, Adoration, and our submission to him, it can yet also be a medium of communication of grace from a priest to the people of God.
It can yet also be a symbol of dominion over principalities and powers of darkness, as we all know that the Dominion of Light over Darkness is Instant and Unquestionable!
The bible says in Genesis 1 : 3 – Let there be light and there was light!
Though most times in the contemporary Pentecostal churches today, we solely lift hands in worship and adoration of the king of kings, the Lord of Lords, the almighty God, because we have the understanding that when we lift him up in worship and adoration, he lifts our live and destiny up, the bible says in Psalms 67 : 5 – 6- 5 Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee.
6 Then shall the earth yield her increase; and God, even our own God, shall bless us.
So this is yet another strong reason why we lift our hands in worship and praise of the almighty God.
Praise ye the lord forever amen!