Why We Worship As We Do
Clapping our hands:
Psalm 47:1 - "Clap your hands, all you nations; Shout to God with cries of joy..."
Lifting our hands:
A form of Praise - Psalm 63:4 "I will praise You as long as I live, and in Your name I will lift up my hands."
A form of calling out to God - Psalm 88:9 "...I call to You, O LORD, every day; I spread out my hands to You."
A Symbol of Desire - Psalm 143:6 "I spread out my hands to You; my soul thirsts for You like a parched land."
A type of Sacrifice - Psalm 141:2 "...may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice."
A form of Prayer & Surrender - 1 Timothy 2:8 "I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer, without anger or disputing."
Psalm 149:1 - "...Sing to the LORD a new song."
Psalm 147:7 - " Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving;"
Ephesians 5:19 - "Speak to one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the LORD"
Psalm 47:1 - "...shout to God with cries of joy."
Psalm 142:1 - "I cry aloud to the LORD;I life up my voice to the LORD for mercy."
Psalm 46:10 - "Be still and know that I am God;"
James 5:16 - "...pray for each other that you may be healed."
James 5:14 - "Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the Church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord."
Psalm 149:3 - "Let them praise His name with dancing..."
Psalm 150:4 - "Praise Him with tambourine and dancing."
Speaking in Tongues:
Acts 2:4 - "All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began speaking in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them."
Acts 10:46 - "For they heard them speaking in tongues and praising God."
Acts 19:6 - "When Paul placed his hands on them, the Holy Spirit came on them, and they spoke in tongues and prophesied."
Gifts of the Holy Spirit:
1 Corinthians 12 7-11 - "Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit the message of wisdom, to another the message of knowledge by means of the same Spirit, to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by that one Spirit, to another miraculous powers, to another prophecy, to another distinguishing between spirits, to another speaking in different kinds of tongues, and to still another the interpretation of tongues. All these are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he gives them to each one, just as He determines."