Don’t give up. Our God specializes in things thought impossible. Sing the song of Moses: “Who is like You, O Lord, among the gods? Who is like You, glorious in holiness, Fearful in praises, doing wonders? (Exodus 15)
The immeasurable privilege to enter the throne room of the Most High God of the universe, by the Blood of Jesus, is unequaled on the list of human privileges that any earthling could ever hope to have. God invites us in. He reaches out to us, stands by the door, knocks and pave the way so that we could lift up the gates and everlasting doors of our heart to let the King of Glory come in (Psalms 24) so that He could sit down and have a meal with us (Revelation 3:20) and so that we could sit in heavenly places with Jesus (Ephesians 2:6).
This is a whole life’s worth of truth. Perhaps we are very used to hearing these marvels of preciousness. May God keep us from familiarity and indifference towards his astonishing invitation.
Those who watched the funeral of the Queen of England would be very aware of royal protocol, punctuality and the demands of perfectionism that marked the events in London this week. It was a glorious spectacle of symbolism and impeccable behaviour of everyone involved – on the beat of the drum and the sound of the trumpet. The tiny glimpses of emotion came as a relief just to know that they are real people and not card-like, apathetic characters in a stage play.
But…it is over – truly a one-day wonder. The next day the newspapers published the most dramatic photos to present a vivid remembrance of a historic day. Interviews with some of the people who lined the streets who had to gather the picnic blankets and umbrellas and go home to pick up their lives. The war in the Ukraine, the American and Russian presidents at the UN and the energy-crisis crept back into the headlines.
I also sighed deeply on Tuesday and thought how utterly exhausted that family must be. They had to grieve in the spotlight of the cruel and mostly unforgiving spotlight of world cameras and say goodbye to their mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Their sorrow we will not witness. Good for them there are gates and guards to give them a short breather to care for their own souls.
The monarch who ruled the longest in history is buried after an admirable reign. The future is uncertain. Who will step in, who will carry the titles and who will be called by what honourary designation?
While all the shuffling for status and power continues, we stand steadfast on the wall of prayer. We are children and grand heirs of the Most High God with all the titles and designations bestowed upon us by the Blood of his Son who gave his life as ransom for our eternity in his Presence.
…to the intent that now the manifold [variegated, many-sided] wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities [rulers] and powers in the heavenly places, (Ephesians 3:10)
We are the royal priesthood, the chosen generation…
But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; (1 Peter 2:9)
We do not wonder about titles – we are God’s special people. We have work to do.
To do the work of God is to pray – the first priority in our day. We pray the promises of the Word into every situation so that the impossible becomes possible and the solution that already exists in the unseen to become reality in realm of the seen. We know what we have to do, and we have all the encouragement and support that we may ever need.
I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem;
They shall never hold their peace day or night.
You who make mention of the Lord, do not keep silent,
And give Him no rest till He establishes
And till He makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth.
The Lord has sworn by His right hand
And by the arm of His strength:
“Surely I will no longer give your grain
As food for your enemies;
And the sons of the foreigner shall not drink your new wine,
For which you have labored. (Isaiah 62:6-8)
The watchmen on the walls call out to God and hear the great and mighty things that could only be revealed to them by God. (Jeremiah 33:3) They know to take the precious from the vile. (Jeremiah 15:19)
Just like every member of the royal family, we know the protocol and what is expected of us.
- Light is more powerful than darkness. Light overcomes darkness – always – even a candle in a pitch-dark place. Only one Man ever said: I am the Light of the world. The worst darkness can never overwhelm Jesus.
- Truth is stronger than error. The truth saves your life and sets you free from sin (John 8:32).
- There’s more grace in God’s heart than sin in men’s hearts (Genesis 6:8) When the whole world was flooded in God’s judgment, Noah found grace in the sight of the Lord.
- There’s more power in the Holy Spirit to convict men of sin than there is power of satanic forces to tempt men to sin (John 1:16).
- There’s more power in one drop of the shed blood of the Lord Jesus to cleanse men’s hearts from the stain of sin than there is in the accumulated filth of men’s sin since Adam and Eve (Romans 8:26)
Step up onto the wall and stand in the gap. (Ezekiel 22:30)
God is ready to do wonders.
Many, O Lord my God, are Your wonderful works
Which You have done;
And Your thoughts toward us
Cannot be recounted to You in order;
If I would declare and speak of them,
They are more than can be numbered. (Psalms 40:5)