Lift It Up
Nasa is a Hebrew root word which appears more than six hundred times in the Old Testament Tanach. It is used in a wide variety of situations, many times in connection with prayer. It means to lift up, support, sustain, exalt, bear continuously, carry, and take away.
The word nasa describes how providence sheltered Noah and his family inside the ark. The flood waters destroyed the creatures of the earth. Yet, it lifted up the ark in Genesis 7:17. The ark was supported, sustained through the deluge, born up continuously by the Almighty, carried by His divine will, and taken away from the fate of the dying.
The act of lifting up describes directional prayer since prayers are raised or elevated to the Almighty. [Although the word nasa is not connected with NASA, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, they both elevate an object, and propel it forward!]
In elevating the Almighty, Exodus 20:7 makes surprising use of the word nasa. This verse, which is part of the Ten Words or Ten Commandments, prohibits taking His name lightly in an empty or profane manner. The word for “take” in this verse is tisa. Tisa comes from the word nasa. The letter Tav, which makes the “t” sound at the beginning of the word, indicates that the action is personal. This signifies that one personally avoids profaning His name by lifting up His name in prayer.
May we lift up hands to bless the Master today (Psalm 134:2), and allow Him to lift up and bear our diseases and pains (Isaiah 53:4).
Published July 27, 2017