There was something peculiar about the old hymns that churches would embrace and sing together on Sunday mornings. For the most part, they were rich in doctrine — they actually communicated something to the congregation. They were exegetical, they told us who God is and about what He has done. It was in response to this rich theology and the knowledge of God that the congregation responded in praise and worship.
It was reverent and orderly — it was not a chaotic mess. That is, until, the charismatic movement began to grow. The charismatic movement has influenced the worship in the vast majority of churches in the world today. Charismatic worship focuses much less on biblical doctrine and much more on garnering an emotional response from the worshiper.
we have some of that in our church...no strobe lights...... but drum, guitars,etc. 2 or 3 singers,
hands in the air of some etc.
Tho the young worship leader usually puts in one or two traditional hymns along with modern ones.
Oh I'll have to admit that I've often lifted my hands up to the Lord when singing or even just when praying. There are a great many verses in the Old and New Testament that show people both kneeling and standing and lifting their hands toward heaven to pray. Here's just a couple:
“Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and praise the LORD.” (Psalm 134:2) “I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer, without anger or disputing.” (1 Timothy 2:8) “May my prayer be set before you like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice.” (Psalm 141:2)
In fact, even angels lift their hands when quoting the Lord: (Daniel 12:7) lol. Actually the Bible shows us that there is no one correct position to pray in. It shows people kneeling, standing, laying down, laying down with their face to the ground, sitting, lifting their hands toward heaven, clasping their hands together, not doing anything special with their hands, but continuing to do what they were doing before they started to pray, bowing their heads, looking up toward heaven, looking at what they're doing as they pray, etc. In other words just about any position you can get yourself into is fine with the Lord, as long as what we're doing and saying shows that we respect and honor Him. (so praying by yelling out, "hey dude, will you do such and such for me?" and laughing, wouldn't be acceptable. )
I'm sure you're already aware of this, but I know many aren't. I didn't used to know this and was greatly relieved when I realized it. When you think about it though it makes sense. God tells us in both the old and new testament to pray constantly. If the only way we could pray is if we knelt down and clasped our hands together, we'd have a real hard time getting anything done at all during the day! Plus, how would we know if it was right to clasp our hands together with fingers entwined, or put our hands together so they're touching with the fingers straight? LOL
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