Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and praise the Lord. Psalm 134:2
At football games people get excited when their team makes a touchdown score. They will jump up and shout loudly with excitement. As they are shouting and raising their hands in triumph, they do not care who sees or hears them. This is done for something that they did not directly have any part in. The team members usually don’t even know their name, unless it is a small high school team.
People will also raise their hands and shout with excitement at a concert with their favorite singer or band performing. They will do things that are a bit crazy and don’t care who sees them. The things done are things that should not be done in a workplace or in regular public, but people don’t care.
The author of this psalm is telling the people to lift up their hands and praise God in the sanctuary. This was not even in the normal public places, but in the place where praising God is expected.
In many churches one can hear some great worship music being played. While the music is playing people are sitting and singing, but that is all. The majority do not raise their hands in praise to God. There is a good number in the front of the sanctuary that may do it and a few scattered around the rest, but most won’t do it.
Many people will say that it is just not their style. Yet, some of these same people are the ones who jump and shout at their football team scoring.
Every believer has something greater than a football team scoring to shout about. God has done things of greater value than anything temporary on this earth. He has given forgiveness of sins and eternal life. That is something worth jumping and shouting about.
As you think about what God has done for you, how does it make you feel? This should be the greatest news of all time. It should make you want to jump and shout, praising God with all your might.
Each day you live on this earth, God is forgiving you of your sins. He is constantly working with you to make you more like Jesus. This is of eternal consequence and value, not just something temporary.
Give God praise for what He has done and is doing in your life. Do not be ashamed to raise your hands and voice in praise to the eternal, loving Almighty God.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know what God has done for you; that you will not be ashamed to praise God openly; and that you will give God praise everywhere you go.