Podcast #223: “I Lift My Hands” by Chris Tomlin

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I’m Michelle Nezat and I hope to inspire you to discover and meditate on God’s Word through the songs you’re listening to on the radio.

Does it matter the position of our body if our heart is sincere in worship? I believe we can acknowledge things about God through our physical posture. Chris Tomlin’s song “I Lift My Hands” leads us to consider one position mentioned in both the Old and New Testaments. In fact, David often speaks of body position in the Psalms.

Join me in Psalm 28 to see what we can discover about posture, worship, prayer, and God.

On this week’s episode I discuss:

  • Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture – this week’s Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include:
    • Read in context
    • Consider a topic
    • Make observations
    • Refer to an outside resource (this week…a sermon)
  • The “rest of the story” behind the song – A sermon by Louie Giglio, “I Lift My Hands”
  • The progression of engaging God’s Word
    • Skip over the parts you don’t understand
    • Dig a little deeper into the meaning/definitions/stories – a Cliff’s Notes of sorts
    • Read the original texts for yourself
    • Study and engage with the text for it to sink in
  • Will the sermon or devotional that really “touches your heart” be less meaningful because you’ve never taken the time to read the reference in context? Yes.
  • How the lifting of hands means different things in different contexts
  • David’s cry to the Lord with his hands raised – Psalm 28:1-2
  • The importance of actually calling on God (not just thinking about calling on God)
  • How prayer should not be our last resort
  • David’s heart is postured in worship and his body reflects that as well – Psalm 28:1-2
  • God is higher…as seen in the story of the Tower of Babel – Genesis 11:1-9

If you have never heard this song before, you can watch the official music video on YouTube below.

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This Week’s Challenge

Read Psalm 28. Make some observations as you read — I always find it helpful to write them down. Don’t just consider the two verses we focused in on — read the whole Psalm. Consider exploring other postures of worship mentioned in God’s Word and read about them in context — making observations along the way.    

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