For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:15-16)
Worship With Boldness
I like what Adam Clark said about coming to the throne of God ‘boldly’: “All may approach who feel their need of salvation; and they may approach with freedom, confidence, liberty of speech, in opposition to the fear and trembling of the Jewish high priest. Here, nothing is to be feared, provided the heart be right with God, truly sincere, and trusting alone in the sacrificial blood.” It is easy to think of worship in a ho-hum kind of manner but one of the great marvels of our lives should be the realization of how blessed we are to enter the Holy of Holies and stand before the Awesome Lord God. In the days of the Temple the High Priest only went into the Holy of Holies once a year. Some historians suggest that when he entered the Holies a rope was tied around his ankle less some tragedy befall him while serving and the priests had to drag his body out. Imagine how terrifying it would be to enter the Holy.
Worship today is still with reverence and fear but not the kind of trepidation that shrinks the heart away from the Lord. Jesus tore down the veil in His death allowing the avenue of grace to give you and me the blessing of worship today. As we gather on this Lord’s day to praise the Lord let us give thanks we have a High Priest who understands all our needs and wants and allows us to come into the Holy of Holies to commune with His Father. Sing mightily to the Lord. Pray in deep devotion to our God. Drink deeply from the image of the crucified Savior who made our worship possible. Attend carefully to the sermon today to glean the eternal truths of God’s word. Today we enter the Holy of Holies with a new spirit. Praise God.
- Kent Heaton