Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and praise the Lord. Do you? I will praise you as long as I live and in your name, God, in YOUR name, I will lift up my hands. Let's lift up our hearts and our hands to the Lord. I will lift my hands to you as an act of surrender. I declare that I will surrender to your control. I offer up to you in my uplifted hands everything I have. Take me! (Psalm 134:2, Psalm 63:4, Lamentations 3:41)
The mountains and hills themselves will burst into song before the Lord and all the trees will clap their hands. If God created the very trees we see to clap their hands in worship, surely we can! And must! Clap your hands, all you nations! Shout to God with cries of joy! If you can clap for a good concert or a good play, why not a GREAT GOD? (Isaiah 55:12, Psalm 47:1)
Okay. No one wants to see me dance. Really. It's like Elaine from Seinfeld. But it's there in scripture. Let them praise his name with dancing. Praise him with the tambourine and dancing. King David himself, a man after God' own heart, danced and leapt before God! I may not dance in the traditional sense, but I like to move and sway and even jump! Do you stand stock still in worship with arms crossed and never move? (Psalm 149:3, Psalm 150:4, 2 Samuel 6:16)
When the foundation of the second temple in Jerusalem was being laid all the people gave a great shout of praise to the Lord. Many who had seen the first temple wept and cried aloud, while others shouted for joy. This passage in Ezra is a great example of worship happening and people worshiping in various ways. They worshiped as the Spirit moved them! Jesus himself wept. And did Jesus not worship God in all he did? (Ezra 3:11-3, John 11:35)
Stay tuned for the final installment of physical worship.
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