He stood on the platform and then knelt down before the whole assembly of Israel and spread out his hands toward heaven. He said: "LORD, the God of Israel, there is no God like you in heaven or on earth--you who keep your covenant of love with your servants who continue wholeheartedly in your way." 2 Chronicles 6:13-14
After years of planning and two decades of construction, the temple was ready to be dedicated to God. Today's 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 Person whom he is praising.
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?
Lord Jesus, may my posture of worship never be all about outward appearance, and may my posture never hold back a heart of humility and praise. In Your name. Amen.