Words from the Heart for Tuesday October 9th, 2018
Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and praise the Lord. May the Lord bless you from Zion, he who is the Maker of heaven and earth.
Psalm 134:2-3 (NIV)
Lift Up Your Hands
Our worship is a celebration of Who our God is. We praise Him for all that He has done. We celebrate that He is totally able to direct our lives. He is still skillfully engineering our lives as we put our trust in Him. He extends blessing to us as we make more room in our lives through worship and praise.
Following the completion of the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1887, many Chinese labourers who had helped build the railway moved to other parts of Canada to look for work. However, socio-economic discrimination and racial hostility, in addition to a lack of capital, and language barriers, limited their opportunities. Under these circumstances, many Chinese established hand laundries, as a means to earn a living. For the first three decades of the 20th century, the vast majority of the Chinese community lived in poverty.
God’s people have always loved to praise Him. Praise flows out of a heart that has been brought into relationship with the living God. When, by faith, we get a glimpse of the majesty and glory of the God who created us, we naturally want to praise Him for who He is and to express our gratitude for all He has done in our lives. The Psalmist says this in Psalm 134:2-3, “Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and praise the Lord. May the Lord bless you from Zion, he who is the Maker of heaven and earth.” The lifting of hands in worship was common in Jewish worship. It was a sign of surrender and a longing for God’s presence. Praise always flows out of recognition of God’s greatness and our need. So as the people praised God, it included a sense of God’s blessings that would come because of praise. Those of us who have come into relationship with God through faith in Jesus Christ naturally offer praise. It flows out of a redeemed heart that recognizes God’s great power and our great need. How can you praise Him today?
These have been words from the heart.