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April 2021

Keep Looking Up!

The lifting up of our hands is a posture that refreshes our thoughts about the source of our help. It is also a battle strategy that God gave Moses in the battle at Rephidim.

“Then Amalek came and fought with Israel at Rephidim.  So, Moses said to Joshua, “Choose for us men, and go out and fight with Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the staff of God in my hand.” So, Joshua did as Moses told him, and fought with Amalek, while Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. Whenever Moses held up his hand, Israel prevailed, and whenever he lowered his hand, Amalek prevailed. But Moses’ hands grew weary, so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it, while Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side. So, his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. And Joshua overwhelmed Amalek and his people with the sword.”  (Exodus 17:8-13 ESV)

Joshua’s victory depended on what was happening on the mountain. I do not fully understand why Moses needed to keep his hands lifted up throughout the duration of this fight. It is clear however, that the lifting of his hands kept heaven involved down in the valley where the battle was ranging.  If the enemy knew this secret the best attack plan would have been on that mountain. Nevertheless, God hid this from the enemy and even when Moses’s could no longer keep his hands up, Aaron and Hur helped until complete victory was realized. 

A good lesson here is that you need others to stand with you since there will be times when you get tired and weary. You cannot be self-sufficient.

David understood the idea of lifting our hands and prayer in worship terms. “Let my prayer be counted as incense before you, and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice!” (Psalms 141:2 ESV)

David here marries the idea of prayer and sacrifice together. It is a powerful posture of worship and communing with heaven.

Paul urges people to pray in the same posture: I desire then that in every place the men should pray, lifting holy hands without anger or quarreling (1Tim 2:8 ESV)

As we keep looking up and hands lifted, we are expressing our complete dependence on God for victory. There is a direct correlation between prayer and the measure of victory we will experience in the battlefield.  The songs accents sums it all as to why we must keep looking up.

I will lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth (Psalms 121:1,2 ESV)

Keeping your hands lifted in prayer and constant worship will ensure victory in the battle. Don’t give up, LOOK UP!

Pastor Jeremiah Karanja

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