Lift Up Your Hands

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I recently saw a picture of a friend at an NC State basketball game.  He was up in the stands with both arms raised, making the wolf sign with his fingers, wearing his NC State red, mouth wide open cheering passionately for his team.

It struck me like a ton of bricks.  So many people attend rock concerts and sports games, raise their hands, cheer and worship the team, singers or players.  Why can’t people walk into church and feel like they can do the same thing?! It is certainly a prime example of how our society elevates music, sports, self and Hollywood above all else and sometimes we get sucked in. It is OK to join the crowds at sporting events or concerts in wild praise, but how about in church?

I am not going to tell you that I have always been comfortable worshipping with such emotion: hands in the air, eyes closed and soaking in the comforting and inspiring words of the music.  However, as my relationship with God has grown more intimate, my body has responded and I am unable to keep from responding to His glory and majesty in a physical way.

But may all who seek you
rejoice and be glad in you;
may those who love your salvation always say,
“Let God be exalted!” Psalm 70:4

Church and worship feel incomplete if I haven’t had an opportunity to sing, praise and worship my Father in Heaven. I love to read 2 Samuel 6:14-15 and imagine David wearing his linen ephod singing and dancing with great abandon before God.

“David, wearing a linen ephod, danced before the LORD with all his might, while he and the entire house of Israel brought up the ark of the LORD with shouts and the sound of trumpets.”

Have you danced with great abandon before God recently.  Have you let your hair down and shown Him with praise how much He means to you and how thankful you are for his many blessings?

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