"Leading to the Throne"
Psalm 100 - Part 4
"Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise: be thankful unto Him, and bless His name" (Psalm 100:4).
Born again believers in the Lord Jesus Christ live always in the presence of God. "I am with you always" (Matthew 28:20). The abiding presence of the indwelling Holy Spirit blesses us with our Lord's present and eternal reality whereby He is with us to the degree is He within us. "Christ in you, the hope of glory" (Colossians 1:27).
Still, we "enter into His gates and into His courts" in the sense of conscious awareness. This particularly involves gratitude and admiration. How else can we make our approach when we gaze, as it were, upon the Blood-stained path to the throne of God? We all deserve banishment forever from our Heavenly Father - "Your iniquities have separated between you and your God" (Isaiah 59:2). However, the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary made a way to God for those who believe. "For through Him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father" (Ephesians 2:18).
A trail of Blood graces the path
leading to the throne,
where God receives the trusting heart
approaching by His Son.
Without the cross, there could not be
this access freely known.
Without such sorrow, pain, and loss,
we'd have nowhere to go.
Every prayer flows to the Throne
on flood tides of Christ's blood.
We come with grateful, trusting hope,
in wonder of such love…
A trail of Blood graces the path leading to the Throne.
The Psalmist knew little of the sacrifice that would pave our pathway to God. He nevertheless called for thanksgiving and praise to accompany our approach to the seat of power the New Testament so aptly terms "the throne of grace" (Hebrews 4:16). We much better know the cost of our access, and the power thereof. We therefore come confidently as we approach through the Lord Jesus, and we come gratefully and with much wonder. This moment offers such sublime opportunity, and I close so that we may all in our hearts travel the Blood-stained path to God.
"Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need."
Weekly Memory Verse
For the law was given by Moses but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.