Sam Storms: Why wouldn’t you want to raise your hands to worship God?

Many label hand-raising as a Pentecostal or Charismatic thing. It is a Bible thing. This is a great post and the biblical foundation for such a practice. You may have reservations because of what others may think of you, but you won’t bother God one bit when you lift your hands in praise.

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Sam Storms, of Enjoying God Ministries, comments in an article, I Will Lift Up My Hands! (Psalm 63:4)

So I will bless you as long as I live;
in your name I will lift up my hands.

On more than one occasion I’ve been asked: “Sam, why do you lift your hands when you worship?” My answer is two-fold.

First, I raise my hands when I pray and praise because I have explicit biblical precedent for doing so. I don’t know if I’ve found all biblical instances of it, but consider this smattering of texts.

  • “So I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands” (Psalm 63:4).
  • “To you, O LORD, I call; my rock, be not deaf to me, lest, if you be silent to me, I become like those who go down to the pit. Hear the voice of…

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