“Unto Thee, O LORD, do I lift up my soul.” Psalm 25:1
The Psalmist knew to whom he would go in prayer. He knew the LORD would accept only his whole being. Lifted hands, and adoring hearts are great in worship, but only if you are giving the soul of your being in that worship as well.
Charles Haddon Spurgeon, of this verse, wrote in THE TREASURY OF DAVID,
“Unto thee, O Lord.” – See how the holy soul flies to its God like a dove to its cote. When the storm-winds are out, the Lord’s vessels put about and make for their well-remembered harbour of refuge. What a mercy that the Lord will condescend to hear our cries in time of trouble, although we may have almost forgotten him in our hours of fancied prosperity. “Unto thee, O Jehovah, do I lift up my soul.” It is but mockery to uplift the hands and the eyes unless we also bring our souls into our devotions. True prayer may be described as the soul rising from earth to have fellowship with heaven; it is taking a journey upon Jacob’s ladder, leaving our cares and fears at the foot, and meeting with a covenant God at the top. Very often the soul cannot rise, she has lost her wings, and is heavy and earth-bound; more like a burrowing mole than a soaring eagle. At such dull seasons we must not give over prayer, but must, by God’s assistance, exert all our power to lift up our hearts. Let faith be the lever and grace be the arm, and the dead lump will yet be stirred. But what a lift it has sometimes proved! With all our tugging and straining we have been utterly defeated, until the heavenly loadstone of our Saviour’s love has displayed its omnipotent attractions, and then our hearts have gone up to our Beloved like mounting flames of fire.
From e-Sword edition
Come to the LORD. He has made the way, and that way is the way of the cross of Jesus Christ. There and there alone can you worship the One and only GOD.