Ready to Worship Season 5, Episode 13 for Friday, April 21, 2016
I love the story of Esther. No doubt, you remember the plight that Esther’s people, the Jews, faced. Haman, a very wicked man, persuaded the king to sign a decree for the Jews to be completely destroyed. Esther risked her life to go in before the king to intercede on their behalf. Thankfully, we are not in the same position as Esther. We do not serve a fickle man. We serve a faithful God. We can boldly come into the presence of our King for help (Heb. 4:14-16). We are always welcome before our king. He greatly desires to see us. We are beautiful to him (Psa. 45:10-11).
I love the story of Esther. No doubt, you remember the plight that Esther’s people, the Jews, faced. Haman, a very wicked man, persuaded the king to sign a decree for the Jews to be completely destroyed. When Mordecai, Esther’s adoptive father, learned of the deadly decree, he sent an impassioned plea for Queen Esther to intercede on behalf of her people. At first, Esther hesitated. She was well aware that Vashti, the last queen, had been deposed for not coming before the king when called (Esther 1:11-22). Now, Mordecai was asking Esther to come before the king when she had not been called. Esther knew the danger of such an action. She declared, “All the king’s servants, and the people of the king’s provinces, do know, that whosoever, whether man or woman, shall come unto the king into the inner court, who is not called, there is one law of his to put him to death, except such to whom the king shall hold out the golden sceptre, that he may live: but I have not been called to come in unto the king these thirty days” (Esther 4:11). Since Esther had not been called for thirty days, she may have feared that she had fallen out of favor with the king. After much prayer, Esther put on her royal garments and made her way to the king’s inner court.
Thankfully, we are not in the same position as Esther. We do not serve a fickle man. We serve a faithful God. We can boldly come into the presence of our King for help. The Hebrew writer declared,”Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need” (Heb. 4:14-16). We are always welcome. He greatly desires to see us. We are beautiful to him. David wrote, “Hearken, O daughter, and consider, and incline thine ear; forget also thine own people, and thy father’s house; So shall the king greatly desire thy beauty: for he is thy Lord; and worship thou him” (Psa. 45:10-11). Esther was coming before the king to remember her people. We are coming before the king to forget our people. The language is that of marriage – leaving father and mother and cleaving unto ones mate.
As we get ready to worship this week, let’s give thanks that we serve a king that desires for us to come before Him. It truly is a blessing to have such a loving king!
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