Shake it off- In the Word 10-20-14

Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, And uphold me by Your generous Spirit.          Psalm 51:12
With my hands lifted up and my mouth full of praise, with a heart of thanks giving I bless thee O’Lord! When we start the day with praise songs, worshiping the Lord God we cannot help but get off on the right foot.
Some days just do not go the way we plan. We get up late or we realize the list of things on our docket is way too long for us to achieve in one day; and it overwhelms us to the point of a headache. Just when we think we can handle things ourselves and not bother the Lord with the little things in life we realize that all those little things pile up and the pack on our back is way to heavy; its time to unload again in the presence of the Lord.

Oh mighty God we love you so much and we hate to dump all our troubles on You again but you said come unto me all who are heavy laden, we ask that you give us that spiritual rest that only you can give us in the midst of our work day.

We take so many things into our hands and try to do the work we think is ours to do, but sometimes we are holding on to things that we should be dropping, and letting go of and other times we are grabbing back what we let go of. They are heavy hands and a heavy heart that we walk around with instead of lifting up praises and receiving the joy of His salvation.
Some days we do not know what to do to receive God’s joy. We stick our hands in our pockets and continue doing what we think needs to be done, stuffing down inside the things that are wearing us thin when we should be lifting up our hands to our God.   
Do you know how many times we are told to lift up our hands in the Word? 
A lot!

Lift up your hands in the sanctuary,
And bless the Lord. Psalm 134:2

We are told to lift them up and bless the Lord. We are told to stretch out our hands to pray; yes it actually says that!
We are told to lay our hands on people to pray that they may be healed.
Ananias did this even though he was afraid of the man whom he was told by God via the Holy Spirit to pray for, he did it anyway.  

And Ananias went his way and entered the house; and laying his hands on him he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you came, has sent me that you may receive your
sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” Acts 9: 17

Our hands are given to us for training to war, for showing love, for working on so many things and yet they are also given to us to make a joyful noise! Sometimes the joyful noise is not heard for the overwhelming pressures of life. Shake it off! Shake off your hands as if you are shaking off the things that confine you! (Ephesians 4:20)

Oh, clap your hands, all you peoples! Shout to God with the voice of triumph!
For the Lord Most High is awesome; He is a great King over all the earth. He will subdue the peoples under us, and the nations under our feet. Psalm 47:1-3

When we clap our hands, or lift them up in praise or I prayer we will find joy filling our hearts. How do I know this? Because when we lift our hands up to bless Him the blessing will flow down on us as well.

When we clap our hands shouting with a voice of triumph we rejoice and get excited for the Lord; and in our doing this He takes care of the problems we are trying to deal with but know we should give them to Him. We need to lift the problems up to Him, or lay them at His feet and realize that we cannot do it all ourselves. That is why He gave us the Holy Spirit in the first place! To comfort us and encourage us and help us get things He wants us to do done and let go of the rest.

So if we are extending ourselves to everyone else are we giving God the praise we need to be giving Him? 

If we remember the message a couple weeks back when I mentioned the drowning victim and the one trying to save him? If we do not push the problem away to get perspective and call for help we will never be able to do just that; ask for help from the Lord! Push it away don’t stuff it inside. Shake off the things that bind us or hold us down in the water of life and then gain perspective before they glom onto us again. Clap our hands, worship the Lord and give Him praise! When we put our trust and our hope in Him and praise Him we will find the peace, hope and strength we need! When we worship and praise Him we find strength to move mountains, and yet we won’t have to if we just give it up to Him.

Dear heavenly Father, take it all! Take all our sorrow, worry, pain, strain, problems that people throw at us that have nothing to do with our responsibilities; take it all and set us free today to worship you, in Jesus name, amen.

Suggested Reading; Ephesians 4:1-32, Colossians 3:1-25, Romans 12:1-21 and Psalm 47:1-9