Lift Up Your Hands
Psalm 63:3-5 NKJV
3 Because Your lovingkindness is better than life,
My lips shall praise You.
4 Thus I will bless You while I live;
I will lift up my hands in Your Name.
5 My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness,
And my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips.
In this psalm, King David gives the reason for his praise and worship to God. God’s lovingkindness is better than life, he says, therefore he praises God, blesses Him and lifts up his hands in God’s Name.
This is the heart of worship that God is seeking in His people – where we praise Him because He is greater than all things in this world, better than life itself. We worship Him because He is worthy.
“I will lift up my hands in Your Name,” King David sings to the Lord in Psalm 63:4.
When a team wins a game, they throw their hands in the air to proclaim and celebrate their victory. In a battle, when a nation no longer can withstand the enemy’s attacks, they lift their hands in surrender. In the physical world, lifting of hands can symbolize victory or defeat.
In the spiritual realm, lifting of hands symbolizes surrender and victory at the same time. When we lift our hands, we are coming before God in humility and worship, surrendering our life to Him. Right at that moment, we receive the victory in Christ. That’s right, the moment you surrender to God, you are in His victory.
The Bible records for us various accounts of believers lifting their hands to God. It is a powerful expression of our worship and surrender to God. It is a significant acknowledgment of our need for God’s presence and power in our life.
Exodus 17:8-13 NIV
8 The Amalekites came and attacked the Israelites at Rephidim.
9 Moses said to Joshua, “Choose some of our men and go out to fight the Amalekites. Tomorrow I will stand on top of the hill with the staff of God in my hands.”
10 So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill.
11 As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning.
12 When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up – one on one side, one on the other – so that his hands remained steady till sunset.
13 So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword.
In your life and mine, there are some Amalekites we are battling against. It could be in the area of our health, finances, relationships, career or family. This passage in Exodus 17 reminds us that when we lift our hands with the staff of God, victory is ours; but when our hands are lowered, victory belongs to the enemy.
Some of us today may feel like we are in a losing battle. God is reminding us we need to keep our hands lifted up in prayer, in worship, and in praise while we work at overcoming the issues of our life. We need to come to a place to acknowledge we cannot do this on our own, and we need God’s help and strength.
As the Body of Christ, we are constantly in a battle. A battle to win the lost and broken from the kingdom of darkness over to the Kingdom of God. We have to keep coming together to lift our hands to God in praise and worship corporately. In such gathering of God’s people, when we are tired, other brothers and sisters can support us. When others grow weary, we go to them to hold up their hands. Just as Aaron and Hur sit Moses down on a stone and hold up his hands when his arms grow tired.
God has meant for us to win life’s battles in this manner – where we lift our hands together to Him in surrender. It is in our surrender that we find victory.
Let us pray.
“Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You for Your lovingkindness that never fails and Your grace that never ends. I praise Your Name with my lips and lift my hands in worship of Your Name. You are my King and Master, and I surrender every area of my life to You. Lord, I thank You that each time I surrender myself to You, I am stepping into the victory that Christ has already won for me. Help me, Lord, to live every moment in humble surrender and submission to You. Use my life to encourage and support others in the Body of Christ that we remain strong and united in advancing Your Kingdom. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.”