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The Bible tells us: “Where the spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom” (2 Corinthians 3:17) and that “God gave us not a spirit of fear, but a spirit of power, of love and common sense” (2 Timothy 1:7).

As Christians, we need to take stock of our lives and ask ourselves if we are reflecting the truth in these verses. Do we approach God with reverence AND bold faith?

From personal experience, I believe that to receive the fullness of freedom offered by the Holy Spirit, we must learn to worship well.

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Growing up, worship was my least favorite thing about church. I sang but was never fully engaged. I’m not proud to admit it, but I quietly judged people who raised their hands during worship.

I could not understand what motivated this gesture and found it strange, even awkward; just the thought of raising your arms in public was unsettling. Maybe you can relate, or if not, maybe you know someone who has a similar view.

I received a new perspective from a friend years later. When I asked her what gave her the desire and confidence to raise her hands during worship, she replied, “It’s really not about trust for me; it’s an act of surrender. When I raise my hands, I do so to humble myself before God.”

My heart was stirred by this explanation; part of me wondered if God was asking me to try it, but the other part still felt anxious to draw attention to me in any way during worship and I thought, “God surely wouldn’t want me to do anything to make me feel this unwell.” Ha! I should have known that God will always use even the smallest seed of curiosity to grow fruit.

A few months later, I attended my very first church conference organized by our women’s ministry. Unbeknownst to me, a huge aspect of these conferences are the worship sets.

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At the time, the song “Waymaker” had just been released, and I was hearing it (and singing it) for the first time. For those unfamiliar, the song proclaims “Waymaker, Miracle Worker, Keeper of Promise, Light in Darkness, God, that’s who you are.” He goes on to say, “Even when I don’t see it – you work, even when I don’t feel it – you work. You never stop working.”

The words sank so deep into my soul that I could barely read a stanza without choking. I was truly convinced by the goodness of God and for the first time put aside what everyone else thought of me as I stretched out my hands, palms up, and sang to Him.

It wasn’t even the type of full-fledged gesture, arms raised, that I had seen so many others display, but for God, this small act of surrender was enough.

As I reached out my hands, my heart started pounding in my chest and I literally felt the power of the Holy Spirit descend on my head – the best way to describe the feeling was that it was like I was connected with the throbbing heartbeat of God in Heaven.

This incredible experience gave me a profound revelation about the heart of God and how it responds to sincere worship.

It’s not that God won’t accept our praise if our arms are down, but sometimes offering ourselves physically is what it takes for us to come to the end of ourselves.

In my case, I had to stop overthinking in order to offer myself fully before God, praising him wholeheartedly and without shame.

Theologian CS Lewis wrote that because God created us as physical and spiritual beings, it’s safe to assume that what we do with our physical bodies affects our minds.

About prayer, he wrote, “the body should pray as well as the soul. Body and soul are both better for it.”

I believe the same applies to worship. I’m not saying that if you don’t raise your hands or bow down every time you worship, your heart is in the wrong place. But I believe that meaningful worship requires that we focus our attention on God in a specific way, and our physical posture can help us achieve this.

Not only that, worship is also a way for us to experience abundance. joy and the freedom of the Holy Spirit, and sometimes that takes a bit of movement!

King David, who wrote the majority of the Praise Psalms, understood this. In 2 Samuel 6, King David led a procession honoring the return of the Ark of the Covenant to Israel.

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David was so overwhelmed by the glory of God emanating from the ark that he began to dance and celebrate freely, even leaping before God (v 16). His wife Michal, however, was embarrassed by his display and shamed him for making a fool of himself.

David replied, “It was before the Lord…And I will be even more unworthy than that, and I will be humble before my own eyes” (v 22).

What a powerful message and what an important lesson for all of us!

Let’s look at the example of King David and focus our attention on glorifying God with all our heart, mind, soul and body through worship. It is not a requirement, but an opportunity to experience God’s love in a deeper and more meaningful way.

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“Let my prayer be counted as incense before you, The lifting up of my hands as an evening offering” Psalm 141:2.

“Lift up your hands to the sanctuary And bless the Lord” (Psalm 134:2).

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