While I couldn’t see her face, I realised she was visually impaired as she was using a white cane to assist her as she walked.
Reference: Then Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord in front of the whole assembly of Israel and spread out his hands. (2 Chronicles 6.12)
Explore: The other Sunday I was standing in church. The worship songs had just begun when I noticed an older lady being escorted down the aisle to a seat in front of me.
She wouldn’t have been more than 5 feet in height, the whitest of hair and, while I couldn’t see her face, I realised she was visually impaired as she was using a white cane to assist her as she walked. The usher, guiding her by the arm, led her directly to a spare seat.
She was welcomed by the lady now sitting beside her and quickly got her bearings by feeling the other seats around her. As she put her bag down I started to worry for her. Would she be used to such loud singing? Had she been in this building before? Would she require more assistance as she went through the service?
Before I could think of any other problems this lady may encounter she put down her bag and instantly raised her hands. Although the room was crowded in front of me, all I could focus on were these tiny aged hands lifted up in worship.
It actually brought a tear to my eye. I had been so worried about all the little things that could go wrong for this lady, but all she was focussed on at this moment was worshipping God. As soon as she was able she had raised her hands in praise.
Application: So often we can let things stand in our way of worshipping God. Our situation may be difficult, our time may be limited and our health may be failing. But this elderly blind lady reminded me that we should take every opportunity to praise God, no matter what our circumstance.
Solomon raised his hands in praise to God when he had built the temple. He raised his hands for all of Israel to see.
I have to be honest and say that I don’t always want to raise my hands to God – figuratively and literally. There are times when the weight of life seems too great to praise our Lord, and yet, these are the times when I need Him most.
Let us not be hindered by this world to enter into the courts of Heaven through our praise and worship.
Prayer: Lord, when we spend time in worship we intentionally focus on Your presence. There is no greater place. May we not let anything hold us back from being with You. Amen.
What holds you back from “raising your hands” to worship God?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.