“The LORD is far above all of the nations; he is more glorious than the heavens. No one can compare with the LORD our God. His throne is high above, and he looks down to see the heavens and the earth.” ~ Psalm 113:4-6 (CEV)
Thrones, though less common today, have been around since the beginning of time and serve as a symbol of power and authority. It’s a bit difficult for those of us who have always lived in a democracy to grasp the significance of a monarchy; a system where one person has absolute and final authority.
Those familiar with a monarchy and its’ throne understand a couple of things about it. First, you never approach the throne without being invited. The king is surrounded by guards ready to attack anyone coming towards the throne without the kings’ permission. Second, you have to approach the throne very cautiously; usually with your eyes cast downward and sort of in a sideways shuffle. To ignore either one of these guidelines could cost you your life!
But look at how the author of the Hebrew letter describes the throne of God…
“Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” ~ Hebrews 4:4-16 (NIV)
What a difference! We don’t have to wait to be invited, we can approach God’s throne of grace anytime we feel the need. And we can approach it with confidence. We can know for certain that God – our King – is always in a favorable mood towards us. We can be sure that God is always ready to welcome us and supply whatever mercy and grace we need. It’s only a prayer away!
Will we approach God’s throne of grace today whenever we feel the need?