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Approaching the Presence of God

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12 June 2023

If you had been to the court proceedings before you will understand the drama when the presiding judge is about to take his or her high court seat.  The prolonged “C–O–U–R–T” announcement of the Court-Warden will herald the entrance of judge and everybody in the court room will stand up and must remain standing until the Judge take his/her seat and everyone in the court will now seat down. When the court is in session, no one can just go in and out of the court.  No eating, no sipping of water or tea when the court is in session. No ringing of phone, and no one will attempt to answer phone or rush out to answer phone. No text-messaging. All phones must be put off and everyone must maintain a steady quietness in the court room.  Anyone caught distracting the full session of the court will be charge with contempt of court punishable by court’s punitive rules. This is the honor given to the earthly judge.

Every legal counsels–plaintiff and defense lawyers and all the court workers worships the Judge. They all addressed the Judge as Your honor, My Lord, etc.  The court clerk may call all the cases, but the Judge is the chief moderator of the court proceedings.  He listens to the presentations and arguments of the plaintiffs and the defense lawyers.  He provides legal instructions to the jurors to guide them in the ruling.  He asks for the ruling of the jurors, but the Judge always have the final say when either rule in favor of or against the plaintiff or the defendant.

If so much honor is accorded the earthly judge, think deeply how much honor the Creator of Heaven and Earth, the Righteous Judge and the King of Glory deserves from the Creatures who had been enlightened in the inspirational wisdom of God?  David put it very well in the Psalm when he said, “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise.” (Psalm 100:4) Praises and worship is very important to God Almighty.  Our Heavenly Father may send His angel on assignment to attend to the need of man that needs divine intervention, but when the saints of God are praising Him, He does not send His angels, He Himself inhabits the praises of His people. “But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel” (Psalm 22:3) In the abundance of wisdom that God endowed King David, before he died, he made provision for the establishment of ministry of praise in Israel. Four thousand praise worshippers were earmarked to be praising in the Temple of God. “… 4,000 are to praise the LORD with the instruments I have made for giving praise.” (1 Chronicles 23:5) Perhaps you are wondering why God inhabits the praises of His people? God promised in His word saying, “where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them,” (Matthew 18:20) now imagine when 4000 powerful praise worshipping people of God are praising Him, He will surely extend His grace towards them in His faithfulness to His word and will honor the gathering with His divine presence.  

If you have seen the Orchestras and operas performing musical show, you will appreciate the beauty of their renditions. The skillful instrument players will be shuttling between strings of their various musical instruments to produce distinct musical notes and the combinations of these notes produces rhythms and sweet melodies.  The Operas will open his/her mouths with variations of sonorous melodies to provide unique story for their renditions. It is not the physical instrumentation that God came to see among His people, but the orchestras and operas of the souls and spirits of the redeemed of the Lord performing with only one sole purpose of praising the Living God. He came to behold the concert and ballet of the spirit and soul of the saints dancing to worship and honor Him. He want to behold the synchronizing movements and physical dancing of the blending of our souls and physical bodies. This occurs when the humble spirit of man leaps for joy and adoration in honor of the Lord within our physical body to worship the Creator. Have you seen people singing before, that involuntarily and simultaneously lifted their hands and enthusiastically waving those hands in an unusual expression in adoration of God? If you had listened to the “These are the days of Elijah” song you will understand what I am trying to say. As at 2008, this song had received over eight million views on YouTube. (www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUIa674GGCo) (www.youtube.com/watch?v=6woSL6yC9wA) Take a look at these two YouTube links to confirm this point. These saints are carried away in their spirit worshipping the Living God on the Throne.

Moses praised God in his melodious song after the Lord parted the Red Sea into two for Israelites to walk on a dry ground in the sea to their safety, he said, “Who is like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?” (Exodus 15:11) No wonder, Miriam his sister and the rest of the Israelites women took timbrel and danced, “And Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances.” (Exodus 15:20)

Hannah said, “My heart rejoiceth in the LORD, mine horn is exalted in the LORD: my mouth is enlarged over mine enemies; because I rejoice in thy salvation. She declared saying, There is none holy as the LORD: for there is none beside thee: neither is there any rock like our God.” (1 Samuel 2:1-2)

The holy angels—the Cherubim and Seraphim—had perfected their art of worship, they rested not day and night worshipping at the throne of grace in Heaven saying, “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.” (Revelations 4:8) The twenty-four elders casted their crown before the throne of the Heavenly King saying, Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” (Revelations 4:11)

Let us learn from the remarkable characters in the scripture passages above and do everything to emulate their excellent examples as we approach the presence of God with pure heart and humility. In a careful spiritual self-examination, come before the Lord with the immaculately clean garment of your soul in repentance. “I will also sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean. I will cleanse you from all your impurities and all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will remove your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.” (Ezekiel 36:25-26) As you are approaching the spiritual court of the King of Glory, shut the worldly channels around you and switch on to spiritual channel of your heart as you come unto His presence with consecrated spirit. If your heart is right with God, in righteousness and holiness approach His presence with sincere adoring worship and song of praises. If you truly love God, demonstrate your utmost love unto God in His temple by giving all—beginning by the offering your spirit before Him as well as your material offerings. “None shall appear before me empty-handed.” (Exodus 23:15)  

Prayer: O Lord God Almighty, teach me how to praise and honor your holy name. Prepare my heart in righteousness and holiness that my praises will be acceptable before your throne in Jesus name, Amen. Empower my spirit to be faithful and sincere in my adoration before you. Let me enter your gate and your court with joy and thanksgiving in my heart in Jesus name, Amen.




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