Lift Up Your Hands


Behold, bless the LORD,

All you servants of the LORD,

Who by night stand in the house of the LORD!

Lift up your hands in the sanctuary,

And bless the LORD.

The LORD who made heaven and earth

Bless you from Zion!


I love the 134th Psalm. I also love the Holidays. As Christmas approaches, I find myself reminiscing about what the past year has brought and wonder what the new year will bring.

It’s during those long, dark nights of December that I find solace in worship. The writer of Psalms 134 blessed the Lord in the dark of night by raising his hands in the sanctuary.

This is a reference to the priests of the tabernacle who stayed up during the night watch ensuring that the flame upon the altar never waxed dim.

They lifted their hands to the Lord as a symbol of surrender to the Lord.

As another year slowly comes to an end, I find myself surrendering to what the will of God will bring in the next year.

Lately, I’ve been like one of these priests up in the wee hours of the morning seeking the face of the Lord, with hands uplifted singing praises to God.

I’ve found a new passion in worship. It’s refreshing and recharging my life. It’s brought renewed hope and a new expectation of good things to come. The sovereign Lord who made heaven and earth is in control.

As we approach Christmas, each of us should reflect and refocus about what the real reason for the season is… Jesus. The only One worthy of my praise and adoration. The only One worthy to take away the sin of the world.

Jordan Work