2 I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory. 3 Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. 4 I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. 5 I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you.
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I would say that the lifting of the hands in prayer is both a recognition of God being greater or more exalted (and thus "higher") than the person praying, and also a gesture of entreaty or pleading (as humans might do between themselves, but (in the case of humans) with the hands being held out (rather than up) to the other person because humans are on the same "level").
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