By Bob Sorge
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In this same psalm, the writer cried, “My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. ” (Psalm 42:2). Have you ever called on God, trying to praise him, and yet feel like he is 500 miles away? ” God can choose to hide himself from man, or he can choose to show himself to man. Psalm 19 says, “The heavens declare the glory of God,” and yet how many people look at the heavens without ever seeing the glory of God! That is because God remains hidden from natural man and reveals himself to whom he wills.
When we raise our hands to the Lord, we could visualize our action as a modern representation of those cherubim, with our outstretched arms being the counterpart to their wings. And it is there—between the wings of the cherubim (our raised hands)—that the Lord said he would meet with us. 1 Chronicles 13:6 speaks of “the LORD, who dwells between the cherubim, where his name is proclaimed” (NKJV). As we lift our hands to him, we speak his name, he speaks with us, and we commune together. I saw a second reason for the lifting of hands in the way my son greeted me when he was a toddler.
Entire pamphlets and articles have been written to try to show why we should not use musical instruments in our churches today; most of these statements were written by folks who were raised in a historic church setting where the playing of instruments is forbidden. One could almost pity those members in the body of Christ who have allowed isolated ideas in this regard to rob them of the joy of praising with and through musical instruments. Those of us who use musical instruments in praise must be careful not to become too dependent upon those instruments so that when the music stops, the praise and worship immediately cease!
Exploring worship : workbook & discussion guide by Bob Sorge