Raised hands as in praise.
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During this pandemic the only church for me has been online or on tv

For most of the months I’ve been just a spectator 

But today, the Holy Spirit struck me

When the preacher said clap your hands or pray

The Spirit said “clap your hands”, “bow your head”

And when I did so, I felt the presence of the Lord and Jesus Christ 

I felt more joy, like I was not just listening, but actually in church praising God

It reminds of Psalm 47:1 which says 

“O clap your hands, all ye people, shout unto God with the voice of triumph”

And Nehemiah 8:6 which says “…Amen, Amen with lifting up of their hands: 

and they bowed their heads and worshipped the Lord with their faces to the ground .”

I may not be able to go to the church building 

But I can still feel the spirit of collective worship 

By being a participator, not just a spectator.