Lamentations 3:41

41 Let us lift up our hearts as well as our hands to God in heaven.

Lamentations 3:41 Meaning and Commentary

Lamentations 3:41

Let us lift up our heart with [our] hands
Lifting up of the hands is a prayer gesture, and is put for prayer itself; see ( Psalms 141:2 ) ( 1 Timothy 2:8 ) ; but the heart must go along with it, or it is of no avail; the soul must be lifted up to God; there must be an ascending of that unto him, in earnest desires after him; in affection and love to him; in faith and dependence on him; and in hope and expectation of good things from him, ( Psalms 25:1 ) ; this is the way in which men return to God, even by prayer and supplication. The Targum is,

``let us lift up our hearts, and cast away rapine and prey out of our hands;''
and Jarchi and Abendana mention a Midrash, that paraphrases it,
``let us lift up our hearts in truth to God, as a man washes his hands in purity, and casts away all filthiness from them;''
see ( Hebrews 10:22 ) ; unto God in the heavens;
who has made them, and dwells in them; and therefore prayer must be directed to him, as being there; so our Lord taught his disciples to pray, ( Matthew 6:9 ) ; and which is a very great encouragement to faith in prayer; when it is considered that God is the Maker and possessor of heaven and earth; and that our help is in and expected from him who made all these; and besides the saints have a High Priest, an Advocate with the Father there, to plead their cause for them; and many great and good things are there laid up for them.

Lamentations 3:41 In-Context

39 Why should any who draw breath complain about the punishment of their sins?
40 Let us test and examine our ways, and return to the Lord.
41 Let us lift up our hearts as well as our hands to God in heaven.
42 We have transgressed and rebelled, and you have not forgiven.
43 You have wrapped yourself with anger and pursued us, killing without pity;
New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright 1989, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.