True worship of God is not for spectators. “Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and bless the Lord.” (Psa 134.2). . . . “I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.” (1 Tim 2.8).
In my church it is acceptable to raise hands to God in praise yet few do it. Hardly any. Do some not want to be identified with controversal theology? Timid? I want to believe that some have crossed the Rubicon of praise after seeing its broad acceptance on the Gaither Homecoming concerts and in evangelical church services on TV — like Charles Stanley.
1. Though not obligatory the Bible offers it in several places Old Testament and New (Psa 63.3-4; 141.2).
2. God deserves no less than our best, our all out thanksgiving and praise.
3. People routinely extend their hands to greet people they love. Does our wonderful God deserve less? Do we love Him as much?
4. If embarrassment is a factor, one’s prayer closet can be a good place to begin. In fact, all praise would seem to mostly be a very personal thing, even in the congregation. Close eyes,close out the world. Interact with your personal Savior Jesus. Tell Him how much you love Him.
5. Lifting hands and getting answer to prayer can go together. “Hear the voice of my supplications when I cry to Thee for help, when I lift my hands toward Thy holy sanctuary.” (Psa 28.2 NAS).
6. I would not want to believe something that I was not excited about!!
Much of Jesus resides above sectarian isms. “Let those who seek God rejoice. Let them be glad.” — Erwin Lutzer