The video of Michael W. Smith’s live performance of Agnus Dei is available on Youtube, but I loved this quieter, more worshipful version without the distraction of the audience or the worship team. Having said that, I would love to be among his audience as he performs Agnus Dei, but this is only a blog, not a concert and I hope the lyrics lie gently on your heart.
My favorite Christian blogger Carl Middleton at GOD’S ANSWER is always Jesus reminds us that we are often guilty of not appreciating what we can do, “because we can” do it. I’ve had a similar experience to the one Carl talks about. Some mornings I’d rather not “do my hair,” but then I think of the dear friend who made a loving ritual of looking beautiful every day, doing her hair and makeup, choosing a few pieces of understated jewelry, dressing casually but elegantly at the same time and meeting friends for lunch. And she loved her friends – gave them her whole attention, lifted them up…until suddenly one day she couldn’t, and she would never be able to do so again. Now she’s not sure who we are, and someone else does her hair, and everything else for her. Whether I do it or not, every morning I think…’do it, Ginny can’t, but you can.’ What a blessing, I still can. As Carl did, I’ve wept for my friend and, selfishly for the loss of her sweet presence in my life.
I knew a man who loved to worship God in the power and anointing of the Holy Spirit. And he still does yet today. But some things have changed in his life that have affected his outward style of worship.
Physical symptoms indicating there was a problem with the movements of his arms appeared. Various tests indicated an undesirable situation … a nerve condition affecting the muscles. He was told as the condition worsened, he would lose strength and have limited movement of his limbs. He was slowly becoming physically handicapped.
Ten years ago in a worship service, he would do exactly what Psalms 134:2 says … “Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the Lord.”
My brother in Christ loved to praise his Savior and Lord. It is scriptural you know. The Apostle Paul said in 1st Timothy 2:8, that … “men everywhere should lift up holy hands” … speaking of prayer. So why not during worship as well?…
Jeremiah alludes to the lifting up of the heart by the hands … not merely the hands only. By doing so, it is as if you take your heart in your hands, and raise it in praise and worship to God. It is with the heart that we believe and worship.
No one could articulate praise like David. Here in Psalms 143:6, he presents another picture of worship when he says … “I stretch forth my hands unto thee: my soul thirsteth after thee, as a thirsty land.”
When David says, I “stretch forth” my hands, the original meaning is to … “break apart, to open up, spread out and stretch forth” … arms wide open ready to receive and soak up spiritual water from the Lord.
King David’s son, also used this same gesture when he dedicated the new Temple unto God in 1st Kings 8:22-23 … “And Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord in the presence of all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands toward heaven: and said …” Read more