Friday, 3rd September, 2021
By Pastor Chris Oyakhilome
"Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the LORD" (Psalm 134:2 KJV)
Have you ever wondered why oftentimes, people look towards the sky when we say, “Let us pray?” It’s actually an outward show of an inner truth, of something spiritual, because the Father isn’t in the sky but inside us; He lives in you. So, don’t get confused by the motions and outward expressions and gesticulations.
Psalm 141:2 says, “Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.” When David, a prophet of God, wrote this, he was well acquainted with the priesthood ministry of the Old Testament in the old tabernacle. He spoke prophetically and likened the evening sacrifice in the Old Testament to the lifting of our hands in worship today.
Also, the Bible says, “Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the LORD” (Psalm 134:2). The Apostle Paul reiterated the same thing; he understood the importance of lifting our hands in worship when he said by the Spirit, “I will therefore that men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands without wrath and doubting” (1 Timothy 2:8).
When your hands are lifted up in worship, you’re affirming that the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made you free from death and the law of sin; you’re affirming your liberty, joy, access into God’s presence and your oneness with Him. You’re not trying to “reach out” to God as though He were far away; He’s in you, you’re in Him; and you know it. Blessed be God!
"Dear Father, I lift my hands to you today in holiness, to bless and adore you for your love, righteousness and grace! I’m forever grateful that the Holy Spirit has made His permanent abode in my heart. He lives in me in His fullness, and fulfils His ministry in me, in Jesus’ Name. Amen."
1 Corinthians 3:16; Psalm 134:1-2
1 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
2 Corinthians 1-2:1-4 & Proverbs 12-13
2 YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN:
Luke 20:27-38 &1 Samuel 22