Celebrating God’s Greatness

Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness. Psalm 29:2 ESV

I admit it that the word “Ascribe” in this Psalm is a struggle to grasp. The King James says “give to the Lord” which doesn’t help much either. After all how can we give God something He already has and we do not possess? But when we gather as the body of Christ and worship together a miracle comes to pass. God receives in our praises the glory He already has as we celebrate. Though we can not make God any greater He comes in the splendor of His holiness when we worship. He becomes greater in us together as His people. One family…one church…the Bride of Jesus Christ!

I hope you love this video as much as I did. I have not heard “Awesome God” in quite a while and I love Michael W Smith bringing together so many people to “Ascribe” to the Lord the glory due His name!

The Blessing – Israel

I loved this version of The Blessing so much as it includes the very land from which this blessing came. Both the cinematic and vocal quality are beautiful but more than this; its core message needs to be heard over and over. Our world is tore and shaken and wounded in so may ways and so I pray again – May the Lord bless you and keep you this Sunday and may He give you peace through Jesus Christ both now and always!

Lift Up Those Hands!

Lift up your hands to the holy place and bless the Lord! Psalm 134:2

So I will bless you as long as I live. in your name I will lift up my hands. Psalm 63:4

Songs about lifting hands are some of my favorites to sing for my friends at the nursing home. These choruses not only lift our moods by singing God’s word, but they give us a personal physical way to be involved with the worship. After we had sung one of these today, I paused and asked the question, “Why do we lift up our hands?” It is amazing that even in the memory care unit where I was today just how engaged my friends can be.

When my dad was still alive one of his principle duties as the head usher was to quietly take attendance at church. But back in our grammar school days that task was not completed quite so subtly. I remember that when the teacher called my name, I eagerly flung my hand up in the air to say, “I’m here!” In that same way God is taking attendance of His people. When we come to worship, God is delighted when we lift our hands up straight and high and call out, “I’m here Jesus!”

Then we recalled another reason for lifting up our hands and that is for the police. When the squad car comes flying up to our house and the officers jump out with their guns drawn shouting, “Show us your hands!” we better quickly obey. They want to see evidence that we are surrendering to their authority. Of course God is not pulling up to our curb in His heavenly squad car, nonetheless, to come into His sanctuary with anything less than full surrender is to miss the greatest blessings that He has in store. “Lord I don’t understand everything that is going on in my life and I don’t like much of what I do, but I trust you. I am lifting up my hands in surrender. Whether you show me what is going on or not I am deciding to give you all my praise.

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There are probably many other reasons we should lift up hands, but one that is most meaningful to me is from when our boys were small. After a long hard day at work, I would trudge up the stairs to our little apartment, hoping for a shower, supper and rest. But just before I opened the door, I could hear our kids shouting, “Daddy’s home!” Then as it swung wide, two little sets of hands reached up to me as they excitedly called, “Pick me up daddy! Pick me up!” When we come into God’s house, whether we are only two years old like our children or nearing ninety like my nursing home friends, we should never miss the chance to lift up our hands and shout “Pick me up Daddy!” At the cross God reached down to everyone who lifts up their hands. Then He lovingly stooped low to pick us up and hold us close to Him!