Psalm 134

The author calls us to lift our hands high when we pray and when we praise the LORD.




A Song of Ascents.

NOTE: The term “A Song of Ascents” identifies psalms 120 to 134 as pilgrim songs to be sung when the Israelites “ascended” (went up) to Jerusalem for the annual feasts.


VERSE 1. Look! Praise the LORD, all you servants of the LORD, who stand by night in the LORD’s house!


VERSE 2. Lift up your hands in the sanctuary. Praise the LORD!

NLT translation: Lift up holy hands in prayer, and praise the Lord.

lift up your hands. Do you lift up your hands high when you pray? Most Pentecostals and Charismatics do. But strangely, few other Christians do, even though the Bible speaks of it as the normal way to pray:

Psalm 28:2. Hear the voice of my supplications, when I cry unto thee, when I lift up my hands toward thy holy oracle.

Psalm 63:4. Thus will I bless thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name.

Psalm 134:2. Lift up your hands [in] the sanctuary, and bless the LORD.

Psalm 141:2. Let my prayer be set before you like incense; the lifting up of my hands like the evening sacrifice.

1 Timothy 2:8.  I desire therefore that the men in every place pray, lifting up holy hands without anger and doubting.

VERSE 3. May the LORD bless you from Zion; even he who made heaven and earth.


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