Posture of Our Hearts


“Then Solomon stood before the altar of the Lord in front of the entire community of Israel, and he lifted his hands in prayer. Now Solomon had made a bronze platform 7 1⁄2 feet long, 7 1⁄2 feet wide, and 4 1⁄2 feet high and had placed it at the center of the Temple’s outer courtyard. He stood on the platform, and then he knelt in front of the entire community of Israel and lifted his hands toward heaven. He prayed,
“O Lord, God of Israel, there is no God like you in all of heaven and earth. You keep your covenant & show unfailing love to all who walk before you in wholehearted devotion. You have kept your promise to your servant David, my father. You made that promise with your own mouth, and with your own hands you have fulfilled it today.
“And now, O Lord, God of Israel, carry out the additional promise you made to your servant David, my father. For you said to him, ‘If your descendants guard their behavior and faithfully follow my Law as you have done, one of them will always sit on the throne of Israel.’ Now, O Lord, God of Israel, fulfill this promise to your servant David.
“But will God really live on earth among people? Why, even the highest heavens cannot contain you. How much less this Temple I have built! Nevertheless, listen to my prayer and my plea, O Lord my God. Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is making to you. May you watch over this Temple day and night, this place where you have said you would put your name. May you always hear the prayers I make toward this place. May you hear the humble and earnest requests from me and your people Israel when we pray toward this place. Yes, hear us from heaven where you live, and when you hear, forgive.” - 2 Chronicles 6:12-21

After years of planning and two decades of construction, the temple was ready to be dedicated to God. This passage includes the opening words of Solomon's prayer of commitment.

Notice Solomon's posture. The great king, whose wisdom was known throughout the world, humbly dropped to his knees. This was not a time for sitting or standing. Solomon bowed before the God of heaven and earth. And notice his hands. They are not hanging limp at his side or stuffed in his pockets. His hands are lifted toward the One whom he is praising.

There is no doubt, that God has brought them to this place! Solomon is here to stand before the people of Israel, and to encourage them to trust in and worship God. His posture shows no doubt, only confidence and commitment.

Posture or the position of our hands during prayer or praise is not a measure of our spirituality. But many times the posture of our bodies reveals the posture of our hearts. There is something humbling about bowing down. There is something freeing about lifting our hands.

During Solomon's time of great praise, he chose to do both. Here's the main question for us: During our times of prayer or praise, what is the posture of our hearts...our souls...our lives?

Lord Jesus, may my posture of worship never be all about outward appearance, and may my posture never doubt nor hold back a heart of humility and praise. Help me to praise you freely, Lord. Amen.
Oct 21 2018