“The initial melody and lyric of this song came from my guitar player, Daniel Carson. He is constantly writing and recording ideas, and from time to time I wander over to his world and listen. Among several demos, was this melody and lyric idea for a chorus that jumped out at me. At the same time, I was looking to use the name ‘Messiah’ in a song. The two ideas seemed to fit perfectly. Messiah is such a strong name for Jesus. For when you use that name, you are truly saying that He is the name above all names–that He is the Christ, the Son of God, the Chosen One, the Savior of the world. That’s why you will notice that every lyric in this song amplifies this idea of Jesus being the Messiah.” – Chris Tomlin
When we say “I Lift My Hands,” it is a beautiful expression. It’s a human expression, not just Christians. We see people lift their hands about all kinds of things that excite them, like football games. It signals victory and it is natural to lift our hands. Or it’s a time of surrender. Hopefully you never get caught by the police and need to do that, but they say “put your hands up.” It’s one thing to lift our hands in worship and celebration, but this song is about lifting up our hands in surrender to God. The song is about reaching out to God for help.
“Then He said to me Prophesy to these bones and say to them Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones I will make breath enter you And you will come to life So I prophesied as I was commanded As I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound And the bones came together, bone to bone And I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them And skin covered them, but there was no breath in them Then He said to me Prophesy to the breath Prophesy, son of man, and say to it Conjure the four winds of breath and breathe” – Extracts from Ezekiel Chapter 37
At the heart of the song is the story in 2 Kings 6 of Elijah and his servant. The latter, after seeing an army camped around his village, is petrified. Elijah reassures him that the surrounding hill is filled with numerous angels, and he has nothing to fear, “because those who are with us are far more than they who are with them.” After the prophet prays that the servant’s eyes will be opened to these spiritual beings, he sees the hill filled with chariots of fire and angel armies camped around.
Courtesy – Songfacts®