This weekend I attended the ladies retreat at my home church.
The theme was “For Such a Time as This,” taken from Esther.
I was asked to sing a song during the final service. My choice came from my thoughts about Esther going before the throne and you and I going before God's throne.
As romantic women we sometimes think of King Ahasuereus and what he thought of Esther to have allowed her to break the protocol of court. His regard for her must have been great to have accepted her into his presence when he had not called her. She was loved and valued. If you've ever watched a movie production of Esther's story, you come away in awe of Persia's King, his orderly run court, his demand for loyalty, his anything but casual adherence to dignity and law.
May I say, there is a higher throne, a grander, holier throne and "there are no casual meetings with God." Keith Carnahan
When we come before the throne of God we should be full of reverence, respect ,and humility like Esther came before Ahasuereus. We should come before God knowing that Christ has lowered the scepter. We should worship Him in spirit and in truth, we should speak as we are entreating or petitioning a king ; yet with boldness because of Christ's salvation.
During my quiet time I sometimes use mental imagery when I pray. I often imagine giving thanks to enter into the gates and coming into the courts while praising the Lord. I even imagine a doorkeeper checking the Book of Life for my name, then ushering me into the throne room. I recognize the figure standing on the left at God's right hand. He is a man ,yet the Son of God. I know the presence of the Holy Spirit. He is here to help me communicate to God the Father.
After imagining all of these things I begin to pray.
Hope you will make your way to the throne as well.
There is a Higher Throne
by Keith and Kristyn Getty
There is a Higher throne than all this world has known, Where faithful ones from ev’ry tongue will one day come. Before the Son we’ll stand, made faultless through the Lamb; Believing hearts find promised grace; salvation comes.
Refrain Hear heaven’s voices sing; their thund’rous anthem rings. Through em’rald courts and sapphire skies their praises rise. All glory, wisdom, pow’r, strength, thanks, and honor are to God our King who reigns on high forevermore.
2 And there we’ll find our home, our life before the throne. We’ll honor him in perfect song where we belong. He’ll wipe each tear-stained eye as thirst and hunger die. The Lamb becomes our Shepherd-King; we’ll reign with him.