Psalms of Honesty and Praise
Christmas music is in full swing on the radio station that plays on my way to work. It is loudly playing at every business in town. Yes, it is THAT time of year. Maybe it’s time to read the following psalm and realize how much it means to us to truly bow down and adore Christ, the Lord who has made it possible to enter the throne room of grace! What a privilege!
You could not approach the throne of the king of Persia unless the king held out his scepter and gave you permission (Est. 4:10-11), but access to God’s throne is available to His children through Jesus Christ (Heb. 10:19-25).
Under the old covenant, God provided priests who ministered at the altar and were mediators between His needy people and their Lord, but today Jesus Christ is the Mediator (1 Tim. 2:5) who constantly intercedes for us (Rom. 8:34; Heb. 7:25). To the lost sinner, God’s throne is a throne of judgment, but to the believer, it is a throne of grace (Heb. 4:14-16), and we can come to Him with our worship and praise as well as our burdens and needs.
Psalm 99, New Living Translation
The Lord is king!
Let the nations tremble!
He sits on his throne between the cherubim.
Let the whole earth quake!
2 The Lord sits in majesty in Jerusalem,[a]
exalted above all the nations.
3 Let them praise your great and awesome name.
Your name is holy!
4 Mighty King, lover of justice,
you have established fairness.
You have acted with justice
and righteousness throughout Israel.[b]
5 Exalt the Lord our God!
Bow low before his feet, for he is holy!
6 Moses and Aaron were among his priests;
Samuel also called on his name.
They cried to the Lord for help,
and he answered them.
7 He spoke to Israel from the pillar of cloud,
and they followed the laws and decrees he gave them.
8 O Lord our God, you answered them.
You were a forgiving God to them,
but you punished them when they went wrong.
9 Exalt the Lord our God,
and worship at his holy mountain in Jerusalem,
for the Lord our God is holy!
What a privilege to praise! What joy it is to honor You, to praise You and to bow down to worship You at Your feet. You are God and we are not! Thank you, Lord, for making a way to the very throne of God. May Your glory be seen in all we do today!
In Jesus Name, Amen
O’ come let us adore Him, Christ, the Lord!