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Lifted Hands During Worship… Wait Is That Even Biblical?

A husband, a worship leader, who calls himself also a child of God constantly in pursuit of His heart, has a lot of ideas kicking around inside his heart and head and he enjoys sharing them with others.

He is currently a full-time worship leader and producer at Liquid Church in New Jersey just outside of New York City, having 5 locations and around 75 worship team members who play all across the state at their various campuses.

As a graduate from McNally Smith College of Music in 2012 with a Bachelors of Music degree in Guitar Performance his interest goes also to music and from that point of view his blog Children of pursuit is to open up some things he has learned through his  journeys in the church about worship, music, leadership and anything else really.

On one of his blog articles he warns for the danger just to pick some enjoyable songs or music for fun.

As worship leaders its very easy to pick a whole bunch of songs that are fun for us.  “Hey, we haven’t done that in a while” or “This song has an awesome guitar part”.  That can work at times but have you ever wondered why sometimes a song feels right but another time the same song feels… wrong. {5 ways worship leaders can create more engagement}

Every time when we re confronted by newly produced  ‘church music‘, and when we buy it, we should be listening to every song and check if the text is according to biblical Truth and giving praise to the ‘right person’ as well that it would not distract the people or carrying them away from the main part of the service. we always should wonder how it does fit in the service of that day.

The wrong set can really hinder engagement in your set and also hinder you as a leader leading that set.  A good worship set always creates movement, flow, and space for people to experience God. {5 ways worship leaders can create more engagement}

He writes

I have played worship sets before where when I was done and off stage realized I never really had that break through moment because the set never had a space for it. {5 ways worship leaders can create more engagement}

and concludes

There is no perfect formula for a perfect Sunday morning set, you will have to get to know your church and also lean on the holy spirit for direction as well.  Other than that the obvious advice is, don’t do too many new songs, but don’t hammer them with the same old songs either. Don’t pound them with too many fast songs but make sure things still stay exciting and joyful.  Find a happy medium with your song selection. This one can be harder than it sounds, but when its on your radar you are on the right track and engagement with change for the positive. {5 ways worship leaders can create more engagement}

Too often people forget the service their joining in at one or another denomination should be about worshipping God and studying His Word.

It is all about an attitude to be present in the heart, a state of mind, which should be willing to come as close as possible to God.

English: Healing Service

Healing Service (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It is not about doing like all others do. So if a person does not feel to bring up his hands high up in the air, he should not? When people would feel it would not be appropriate to such a thin in a particular service, they should not. The same about saying “Amen” or giving a voice to approving something. When you are at a gathering where there are more people who do so or where it looks all right to do so, you may do so; but when it does not feel right do not do so and do not interrupt the speaker(s).

What is important when going to a particular worship service is to feel the atmosphere at that place and to behave accordingly, always having in mind that God should be the focus of everything.

According to the blogger there are many instances in the bible where the scriptures reference that act of a person lifting their hands in prayer and worship. He also points out to David and his psalms were is mentioned about upraised hands as an evening offering.

David was one of the earliest worship leaders we know of and that’s why so many worship songs borrow language directly from the Psalms.

In our services those psalms are often used. For us it is best to use the Words God has provided Himself for our education and for prayer and meditation.

They are powerful, honest and so vulnerably and beautifully written.

The psalms also are given us as an example and we get such a sense of who David was just by reading through his numerous cries to the Most High Divine Creator.

David lifted his hands in times of deep prayer and worship, he also danced, clapped and shouted.

In Scriptures we do have many examples given where music was offered to honour the Most High. From those writings people also may have the impression that expressions of praise are important to God as well as expression in worship being crucial.

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Preceding articles

Random Observations From My Most Recent JW Convention Experience

Our views on Christian Worship Music

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Additional reading

  1. Many forgot how Christ should be our anchor and our focus
  2. On the Affirmation of Scripture
  3. Necessity of a revelation of creation 14 Searching the scriptures
  4. Reasons why you may not miss the opportunity to go to a Small Church
  5. Praise and give thanks to God the Most Highest
  6. What Jesus sang
  7. What is important?
  8. Music and young people in Christadelphia
  9. A small rant…music, young people and Christadelphia
  10. Art and other taboos
  11. Performing music

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Children Of Pursuit

If you have ever been into a church service during worship, chances are you have seen people lifting up their hands during the musical worship portion of the service.  When the chorus of the song everyone knows drops you see the hands fly up; but why are they doing this?  If you have been to multiple churches in your life you have probably noticed that some churches might even have more of this activity than others do.  Why are these people lifting up their hands during the music as if there is some sort of magical thing that happens?  Is this in the Bible?  What are they trying to accomplish by making me feel uncomfortable?  Don’t they know their hands are right in the way of the lyrics screen from where I am standing?  Hello, trying to sing here… your hand is flapping dangerously close to my eyes, thank you… move it over sister…

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Our views on Christian Worship Music

So far as the Christian Church is concerned, the Lord has left her entirely without restrictions in such matters — to praise the Lord with heart and voice, according to her love and zeal and judgment.

It is not, therefore, for one to judge another respecting the use of his love, zeal and judgment in offering the Lord worship in songs of praise, whether with instrumental accompaniment or without: it is for each individual and each church to exercise the liberty which the Lord has granted.

However, we do urge that all remember that it is not the excellence of our music that will make it acceptable to our Lord. For we may well suppose that the harmonies of the heavenly choirs quite outmeasure the best efforts of earthly choirs, and hence could not hope that the Lord will receive our songs of praise because of their intrinsic merit. Their acceptance at all will be because they are expressions of the heart sentiments; and this being true all who have heart sentiments of thankfulness and gratitude should be encouraged to make “a joyful noise unto the Lord,” as acceptable and pleasing to him through the merit of our Redeemer.

“Let all his children sing
Glad songs of praise to God!
The children of the heavenly King
Should tell their joys abroad.”

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Words and music as published in The Chorale Bo...

Words and music as published in The Chorale Book for England in 1865. Editors: Sir William Sterndale Bennett, Otto Goldschmidt; Translator: Catherine Winkworth (1865), The Chorale Book for England , Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts, and Green , (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Preceding articles:

Jehovah’s Witnesses Circuit Assembly and a Pillar to freedom

Jesus’ footstep followers, irrespective of sectarian lines

Authority from the One God to one mediator between God and men

Random Observations From My Most Recent JW Convention Experience

True God giving His Word for getting wisdom

You Are The Truth

Our openness to being approachable

Psalm 150 Praise Jah, You people!

Psalm 150 Praise Jah! Praise God

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Additional reading

  1. Many forgot how Christ should be our anchor and our focus
  2. On the Affirmation of Scripture
  3. Necessity of a revelation of creation 14 Searching the scriptures
  4. Reasons why you may not miss the opportunity to go to a Small Church
  5. Praise and give thanks to God the Most Highest
  6. What Jesus sang
  7. What is important?
  8. Music and young people in Christadelphia
  9. A small rant…music, young people and Christadelphia
  10. Art and other taboos
  11. Performing music

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Further reading

  1. Building
  2. Curses to Blessings
  3. Crazy Faith.
  4. Why “A prayer” By kings kaleidoscope is a turning point for worship
  5. Escapist Worship?
  6. A Brief History of Praise & Worship: Have We Gotten Off Track?
  7. When church music lost its norms
  8. The consumer of religiosity is often, as Hitchcock shows, a consumer in more tangible ways as well.
  9. The return to chant based on biblical and liturgical texts will be fruitful only if the liturgical meaning of the words is fully understood by both the singers and congregation
  10. The First World War and Percy Dearmer
  11. Do We Need Permission?
  12. (Any) Music Style Can Become a Graven Image
  13. Don’t Be Satisfied
  14. State of Evangelical Worship
  15. Guest blog:A Prayer: A Song of Worship; a Challenge to the Christian Status Quo (Strong language)
  16. Speaking My Truth: Whither the Excitement
  17. We Must Not Become Conceited
  18. Washed
  19. Creative Resurgence in Christian Music
  20. Self-Centered Worship Leading
  21. Why Gospel Centered Worship
  22. Why Hymns? – Intro
  23. Why Hymns: Part 1 – Gospel Story
  24. Hosanna.
  25. Holding Back Means Holding In
  26. The “Lost and Found” band inaugural gig
  27. “This desert holds a song…”
  28. Just for an hour #1
  29. ‘Blessed Be the Lord God Almighty’
  30. Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise
  31. Miracles
  32. One Wild Life, by Gungor
  33. One Thing Remains – Kristian Stanfill
  34. Tehillah Tuesdays 6-21-16 | Lillie-Put
  35. The Voice of My Beloved Sounds (Hymn)
  36. Heaven Came Down (hymn)
  37. Come Thou Fount (hymn)
  38. Beautiful Stranger- Rebecca St. James.
  39. Obsessed
  40. Worship Music Roundup – 6/10/16
  41. Most Read of July
  42. Five Questions with our instructor Amanda in Lafayette LA
  43. Delirious: My Journey with the band, a growing family,and an army of history makers
  44. Lifted Hands During Worship… Wait Is That Even Biblical?
  45. Guest Post: God Instructed Me to Quit My Job for Music
  46. Rosemary Drops Nara Ekele Video
  47. Higher – Unspoken
  48. Pride Comes Before Destruction
  49. Higher w/ Lyrics – Unspoken
  50. Top 4 All Sons & Daughters Songs
  51. Sunday’s Set List
  52. Special Intention for Wednesday Eucharist
  53. For Those Who Absolutely Hate Church
  54. Let Joy take temptation’s place
  55. Balance In Our Christian Walk
  56. The stones will cry out
  57. Jehovah-Jireh.
  58. Do Not Judge!!!

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