It seems to me there are a few important positions my hands can assume which help to communicate the worship which is in my heart for Jesus. I’d like to talk about three of these positions our hands can embrace.
The first position my hands can bring to worship happens when I bow before Jesus in humble surrender. Mary understood this place of intimate worship. In John’s gospel we see Mary at the feet of Jesus, listening to His words and desiring to be no other place in the world than at the feet of her Master. When you bow at the feet of Jesus and listen for His voice, imagine yourself placing your hands on Jesus’ feet or perhaps cupped behind his feet holding His heels. This is a powerful position in worship. It says that you have bowed low, that you are worshiping your King from a place of total dependence. Hands laid on His feet says to God that you are not the lord of your own life, but that you joyfully and expectantly sit at the feet of the One who is Lord.
The second position for your hands in worship happens once you move from surrender into a time of praise. The Bible calls us to “lift holy hands” to God in worshipful praise and exaltation. Here’s what I do. Once I transition from placing my hands at the feet of Jesus, I stand before Him and I lift my hands toward heaven, praising His holy Name. Arms outstretched in purity and wonder, I tell Jesus what I think of Him. “Lord, You are awesome and mighty, strong and clean, patient and kind.” Hands reaching out to touch my King to make Him smile by my whole -hearted worship. Picture it. With hands raised in thanksgiving and praise we say to Jesus that every good and perfect gift we have in this life comes from His good hands.
The third position for our hands? Once surrender and praise have been offered and enjoyed, this is what I often do. In my heart I place my arm around Jesus and grasp His shoulder as we walk through the day together. The Bible says that Jesus is closer to us than a brother. With this in mind, I imagine walking into my day with my best friend, arms around each other in unity and affection; that we will face the challenges of the day together. Hands surrendered at His feet. Hands raised in powerful worship. Your hand around your best friend as you lean into your day. Not a bad way to start each morning!