Can you imagine any more beautiful place to be, the Throne of Grace. Love overwhelming, unconditional acceptance. Not only to be loved, but to receive grace, mercy, strength, wisdom. A Heavenly Father ready to give to his child all that he needs though he deserves none. The Throne sits in total release of stress, worry, pressure with a surge of benevolent power all around. One day, this will be all that exists, the freedom found only in the presence of God. But it is not to be absent in our life today. Jesus said, “The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.” It is here for us to experience. We can come boldly into the Throne Room of Heaven even as we exist in the hassle and complexity of here. I want to go there.
We can’t enter into the presence of a King but with reverence. To honor Him for His position regardless of deeds, but also to praise Him for all He has done is the proper posture. When we praise, we honor Him in our hearts as His Throne and angels testify to His Kingship. He is the King of Kings and there is no challenge to His Throne. He inhabits the praises of His people when they praise Him (Psalm 22:3). He enthrones Himself. He is established as King of Glory atop the praises of our mouth. This is the only way we can enter the Throne Room of Heaven. So many of us never enter into Heaven’s Throne because we give voice to our complaints more than His praise. Can you imagine walking into the presence of God complaining about everything that is under His authority and control? “Get out!” the court official would say, “Come back with some respect for the King.” Tragic not to receive discontent for what we have already been given.
Repentance opens our heart to receive grace. As we talked about in Opening The Door of the Throne Room, without grace, we see no need for grace. It is not that the guards refuse us entrance, but pride doesn’t want to go into the Throne Room. Pride has its own throne. Repentance, but also praise establish the Throne of Grace in my spirit. These two postures of the heart transcend us from the here to the there of His Throne.
The word for ‘thanksgiving’ means ‘to extend a hand (as if giving)’ according to Strong’s Concordance. Praise gives. I must enter the realm of God’s grace giving to Him. Most times when I realize I need to be in the Throne of God, it is because I am fully aware of something I need right then. “I need. I need. I want. I want.” I am escorted out. Giving keeps me there in His presence. Giving places me in the position to receive. I must be real and authentic. He has searched my heart and knows if I honor Him with my lips pretending to be giving when I have a motive to receive. God cannot be mocked. Waiting until I need something to enter the Throne Room will almost always cause me to be tossed out. Of course, it is the Throne of Grace and I suppose many would still receive grace, but too often would discredit His name, Holiness. To take advantage of Him without reverence as seen through repentance and praise would diminish His character to some kind of bank to apply for a loan in my time of need. If unbelievers attempt to enter His salvation by what they see in me, I cannot be allowed to use God in my time of need. True praise sounds from my heart to my lips in every circumstance. I give to the One who has given me more. To God be the glory and may His character be solidified in my daily behavior. I extend a hand bringing gifts to my King.
“O come to the Father through Jesus His son and give Him the glory for great things He has done.” Why is it that I am more fully aware of my need than my blessing? Sin blinds my eyes from the good all around me. Praise opens my eyes. This is why we sing. We don’t always feel like crying out the praises of God. Our heart is hard and our spirit wounded. We cry out in pain wanting comfort from Heaven. But when I go to church, standing like the rest, the music starts and I begin to sing, “Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,” or “From my womb, you have chosen me. Love has called me name. I’ve been born again,” I soften and the Holy Spirit arrests my spirit. The eyes of my heart are opened to His beauty, grace, and insane amount of blessing in my life. Now I know why David sang and danced before the Lord. He had entered that wonderful place, the Throne Room of Heaven. I want to go there. Let’s repent and praise Him an we shall be there, in His majesty.
My heart, O God, is steadfast;
I will sing and make music with all my soul.
Awake, harp and lyre!
I will awaken the dawn.
I will praise you, Lord, among the nations;
I will sing of you among the peoples.
For great is your love, higher than the heavens;
your faithfulness reaches to the skies.
Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;
let your glory be over all the earth. (NIV)
I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever;
with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known
through all generations.
I will declare that your love stands firm forever,
that you have established your faithfulness in heaven itself.
You said, “I have made a covenant with my chosen one,
I have sworn to David my servant,
‘I will establish your line forever
and make your throne firm through all generations.’”
The heavens praise your wonders, Lord,
your faithfulness too, in the assembly of the holy ones.
For who in the skies above can compare with the Lord?
Who is like the Lord among the heavenly beings?
In the council of the holy ones God is greatly feared;
he is more awesome than all who surround him.
Who is like you, Lord God Almighty?
You, Lord, are mighty, and your faithfulness surrounds you. (NIV)
Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
Know that the Lord is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations. (NIV)
Lord, the greatest obstacles of entering Your Throne of Grace are pride and need. Teach me to love You simply for You. You have loved me with an everlasting love. You have made me and formed me. You have been good to me, kind to me, pleasant with me. Help me to love You without condition, whether You give or receive. May I sing Your praise with all my strength. -Amen.