Should we raise our hands/clap our hands during worship?


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Shea S. Michael Houdmann Supporter Got Questions Ministries
Scripture commands that we worship God, that we exalt His name and offer Him our praise. There is biblical precedent for both the lifting of hands and the clapping of hands as an act of worship. Ps...

July 01 2013 4 responses Vote Up Share Report

Stringio Andrew Yan
A young child in a crowd who wishes to see what is going would instinctively stretch his/her arms upward to his parents begging to be raised above the crowd. Using this analogy, raising one's hands to God in praise is a way of asking God to raise us from the complexities of life (so we may see things clearly) and for us to also realize who we are and recognize who God really is.

January 01 2014 2 responses Vote Up Share Report

Mini John Proch
Raising of hands is personal between the individual and God; so it wouldn't be right to question those who raise their hands and those who don't. We are in worship to show reverence and adoration for Jesus, by having our heart and mind on the Savior. I spent the first 17 years of my Christian walk in congregations where raising of hands in worship was considered "being out of order with the congregation during worship." In 1983 I had the priviledge of being exposed to an open praise & worship type service, which brought a new understanding for me concerning worship, which has intensified my hunger for my Savior Jesus Christ. Multiple biblical scriptures emphasize raising of hands in prayer & worship.

May 08 2014 1 response Vote Up Share Report

1393730572 Leo Tsumba
There are some Hebrew words in the Bible that are translated as "praise" or "bless" or "worship". Naturally this does not fully describe the act praising, or blessing or even worshipping. Here's an example: 
Psalm 61:8 says "So I will sing praise to your name forever, that I may daily perform my vows." The Hebrew word for praise used here is "Yadah" which means "to use, hold out the hand, to throw (a stone or arrow) at or away, to revere or worship (with extended hands, praise thankful, thanksgiving)" When you visualize the act it is possible to see the lifting of hands or praise with some kind of motion of hands.

The different expressions found in Hebrew words are highlighted at this link: http://www.justworship.com/hebrewwords/hebrewwords.pdf

April 11 2014 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

Mini Agnes Stuart
Ecclesiastes 3 says, 'There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens'. The time to clap or raise our hands in church is when the Holy Spirit, and not the flesh, puts the desire in our hearts. 
There is a difference between praise and worship. Praise can be loud and vocal but worship is when we come humbly and reverently into the Lord's presence and is usually a time of quiet adoration. Clapping when others are quietly worshiping in the Lord's presence is very unlikely to be from the Holy Spirit.

April 20 2016 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

Mini Frederick Thomas Rom 3:4 ...let God be true...
Just concern about women raising their hands.
Within a certain context, the raising of hands is addressed to men but not to women.

1Ti 2:8 Therefore I want the men in every place to pray, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and dissension. 
1Ti 2:9 Likewise, I want women to adorn themselves with proper clothing, modestly and discreetly, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly garments, 

God bless.

December 01 2020 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

Open uri20160825 6966 rhyaou John Matthews Retired Professional Singer, Conductor and Seeker
I have been told many things concerning clapping and raising of hands in a worship setting. Raising hands is an act of praise signaling our reverence and devotion to God. Clapping is another thing entirely.

I can think of clapping in church in several ways but I will only refer to two of those examples. One can and does clap along with music. It is also an expression of praise and usually makes one feel good about the music and the praise of God.

When one claps after an anthem, solo or a praise band's song, we need to make sure the clapping is in appreciation of what the song did to make the congregation feel closer to God. There is a very fine line between the praise and the performance.

Being a long-standing performer in my secular and religious lives, I have come to appreciate the applause. Not because of what those applause mean to me, but what they mean to God. I never "expect" applause. I want whatever I do to be acceptable and pleasing to God. My mission is to bring people closer to God through my music, not my performance. Congregations often show their appreciation with clapping. I pray they are applauding because they were brought closer to the Lord through my song. 

I do not mind applause in church but I do have a problem with performers taking a bow after those applause in a worship setting. If they bow, they are performing for the wrong reason. For the last 30+ years, I have been in Methodist churches. I was told by a very old person about 30 years ago that applauding in church was a Methodist's was of saying, "Amen."
May all denominations feel the same way.

November 06 2023 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

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