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When I lift my hands ...

Hear the voice of my supplications When I cry to You, When I lift up my hands toward Your holy sanctuary. Psalms 28:2 (NKJV)

Raising your hands is an act that often accompanies our adoration, and I believe it is a remarkable and absolutely effective attitude, which nobody should be ashamed of or consider difficult. Maybe someone has experienced how, when the anointing comes down and the song and the music raise our hearts, the hands come together and tend upwards. David in this Psalm tells us that when we pray, and we make our requests to God, our hands must be lifted and turned towards heaven, because that's where God's help comes from. Who does not remember the episode in which "And so it was, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed; and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed" (Exodus 17:11 - NKJV). Of course when we raise our hands in His presence in praise and adoration, certain things happen. First of all, it is an act of surrender. During a robbery, the intimate aggressor to raise his hands. In praise God does not threaten us to submit to Him. It is rather a voluntary surrender to His love and not to fear. When I raise my hands I realize that I am empty, that I have nothing to offer, in fact I need to receive from His infinite grace. But they can also be empty because I have emptied them of my convictions, of my useless works, of the rancor and bitterness suffered. Just as Paul wrote to Timothy: "I desire therefore that the men pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting" (1 Timothy 2:8 - NKJV). Those who have young children or memories of their childhood will remember that when he returned home they would come up with their arms raised, wanting a hug, being raised and pampered. This could be what we ask of God when we raise our arms in worship. At least a desire to touch Him and to feel Him close to us, present. The search to find an answer to the deepest need. "I spread out my hands to You; My soul longs for You like a thirsty land "(Psalm 143:6 - NKJV). At the same time, our arms are raised to symbolically raise Jesus. Not that we have this power, but to express that it is worthy of glory. When we raise Him, we lower ourselves before His lordship. When the hands reach out to God, I believe it is impossible to cling to others or to others. Our total trust is turning to Him to be filled with His blessings and even be answered in our prayers. Thus we join the psalmist: "Let my prayer be set before You as incense, The lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice" (Psalm 141:2 - NKJV). Returning to the episode of Moses, raising your hands is proclaiming victory: "when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed; and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed". This should encourage us to never give up, not to let go. If anything, find the support of those who help us to raise our arms to proclaim that "in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us" (Romans 8:37 - NKJV).

Devotional 34/2018 Weekly Bible reading plan 20th August Psalms 105-106; 1 Corinthians 3 21th August Psalms 107-109; 1Corinths 4 22nd August Psalms 110-112; 1 Corinthians 5 23rd August Psalms 113-115; 1 Corinthians 6 24th August Psalms 116-118; 1Corinthians 7:1-19 25th August Psalms 119:1-88; 1 Corinthians 7:20-40 26th August Psalm 119:89-176; 1 Corinthians 8 __ August 23 marks the International Day for the Memory of the Slave Route and for its Abolition. Prayers are raised for those who are victims of human trafficking and for those called to find solutions.

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