Worship / Holy HandsBro. David Chancellor
1/4/2009 6:00 PM
1 Timothy 2:1-10
I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus. Who gave himself a ransom for all to be testified in due time. Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, and lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity. I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting. In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array. But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.
Jesus is the one mediator between God and man. "I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting." We should be a people given to prayer. The scripture calls the house of God a house of prayer. Some people get stuck in a form, in particular it references "holy hands." Some judge others if they don’t raise their hands in worship to God. Lifting up holy hands is really in reference to reaching up to God in prayer.
Our worship should be towards God and not spent judging others. Holy hands indicate a holy heart and life. It indicates deeds that are right before God. Wrath and doubting aren’t parts of worshipping God. Worship is about reaching up to God, not judging other people. Wrath is an emotion. Some "pouring out judgment" is just the wrath of man. You don’t have to lift up your hands in wrath and doubting. God has provided something better. God promised to be in the midst when there were two or three gathered together. The women can enter into worship without wrath or doubting, too. None of us should come here to put on a show. We don’t come here to show off. We’re not here to outdo the next person.
Jewelry was used in many places to establish station in life. When we come to worship, we check our social status at the door. Worship isn’t a competition, or about putting self on display. "Good works" sounds like holy hands. Everyone should come together in purity of heart to worship God. All we do in worship should serve to draw us closer to God.
Unto thee will I cry, O Lord my rock; be not silent to me: lest, if thou be silent to me, I become like them that go down into the pit. Hear the voice of my supplications, when I cry unto thee, when I lift up my hands toward thy holy oracle. Draw me not away with the wicked, and with the workers of iniquity, which speak peace to their neighbours, but mischief is in their hearts. Give them according to their deeds, and according to the wickedness of their endeavours: give them after the work of their hands; render to them their desert. Because they regard not the works of the Lord, nor the operations of his hands, he shall destroy them, and not build them up. Blessed be the Lord, because he hath heard the voice of my supplications.
David was seeking God’s help. He was begging for help and reaching to God for that help. The hands represent our life and what we do. "Give them according to their deeds, and according to the wickedness of their endeavours: give them after the work of their hands; render to them their desert." We want to have a right attitude towards others of God’s people. "Because they regard not the works of the Lord, nor the operations of his hands, he shall destroy them, and not build them up." They are the work of God’s hands. God is at work in them just as he’s at work in us. David was seeking God’s help to deliver him from his enemies.
O God, thou art my God: early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary. Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise thee. Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name. My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips: When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches. Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice. My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me.
Our soul should thirst after God. We’ve seen how God has worked and remember that as we cry out to him to manifest his power and glory in us. Soul satisfaction is found in prayer. Our worship can be anytime and anywhere. We can be satisfied in God wherever we go. God can give you whatever you need for life in answer to your prayer.
Behold, bless ye the Lord, all ye servants of the Lord, which by night stand in the house of the Lord. Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the Lord. The Lord that made heaven and earth bless thee out of Zion.
These lifted up their hands to God. They blessed God and God blessed them. The children sing these words and learn about God. Songs help to carry the message of God. As long as singing is more than entertainment, it can teach and reinforce the word of God in our lives. The message can come across, condensed down and driven home, in a song. God can answer your prayer by giving you a song to meet the need. Lift up your heart to God to honor him and be blessed.
Lord, I cry unto thee: make haste unto me; give ear unto my voice, when I cry unto thee. Let my prayer be set forth before thee as incense; and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice. Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth: keep the door of my lips. Incline not my heart to any evil thing, to practise wicked works with men that work iniquity: and let me not eat of their dainties.
Incense was to be a sweet smell to God. We want our prayers to appeal to God. Giving should be done to please the one receiving the gift. We don’t want any wicked works. We want to be pure and holy.
Blessed be the Lord my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight: My goodness, and my fortress; my high tower, and my deliverer; my shield, and he in whom I trust; who subdueth my people under me. Lord, what is man, that thou takest knowledge of him! or the son of man, that thou makest account of him! Man is like to vanity: his days are as a shadow that passeth away. Bow thy heavens, O Lord, and come down: touch the mountains, and they shall smoke. Cast forth lightning, and scatter them: shoot out thine arrows, and destroy them. Send thine hand from above; rid me, and deliver me out of great waters, from the hand of strange children. Whose mouth speaketh vanity, and their right hand is a right hand of falsehood.
David was the apple of God’s eye because he was always reaching out to God. We can’t justify ourselves, but we can be justified by God. When you’re discouraged, think about all that God has done. We’ve got a lot to meditate on. God can do again what he’s done before. We can ask him to work again for us. "I stretch forth my hands unto thee: my soul thirsteth after thee, as a thirsty land. Selah." As you think on God and all he’s done, you should naturally reach out to God for the answer. "Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning; for in thee do I trust: cause me to know the way wherein I should walk; for I lift up my soul unto thee." This should be our prayer and desire each morning. We want God to help us each day. Our lives should be lives of prayer. We should reach out to God in every aspect of our lives. He’s the source of strength for your soul.
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
We don’t have to live a life of anxiety. Lift up your hands to God. Take everything to God in prayer. "And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." This is how to have peace with God. Let God do a work in your heart and life. Prayer isn’t about putting on a show. It’s about lifting up your heart to God. It’s good to pray together. Don’t be afraid to pray. God is the source of our strength.