“Now when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon, she came to Jerusalem to test him with hard questions, having a very great retinue and camels bearing spices and very much gold and precious stones. And when she came to Solomon, she told him all that was on her mind. And Solomon answered all her questions. There was nothing hidden from Solomon that he could not explain to her. And when the queen of Sheba had seen the wisdom of Solomon, the house that he had built, the food of his table, the seating of his officials, and the attendance of his servants, and their clothing, his cupbearers, and their clothing, and his burnt offerings that he offered at the house of the Lord, there was no more breath in her.
“And she said to the king, ‘The report was true that I heard in my own land of your words and of your wisdom, but I did not believe the reports until I came and my own eyes had seen it. And behold, half the greatness of your wisdom was not told me; you surpass the report that I heard…’
“Then she gave the king 120 talents of gold, and a very great quantity of spices, and precious stones. There were no spices such as those that the queen of Sheba gave to King Solomon…And King Solomon gave to the queen of Sheba all that she desired, whatever she asked besides what she had brought to the king. So she turned and went back to her own land.” 2 Chronicles 9:1-6, 9,12
The bright pagan Queen took considerable effort to journey from Arabia to Jerusalem to meet King Solomon. Hearing about his retinue would not suffice- this willful regent must discover him for herself. Laden with pomp and costly gifts, she arrived and opened her arms to lavish the king, but she received far more taking in his wisdom and kingdom splendor. She was overwhelmed to the point of breathlessness.
Every time we approach our Lord, we are in for a supernatural treat- a glimpse of His loveliness, a taste of His grace, a filling of His insight and power- if we come with prepared room. A heart prepared to adore, and to receive His divine infusion of love. A heart emptied of self, decreased of me, that He may increase there. A heart cleansed of guilt, prepared for restoration and building anew. We open wide the door, He enters and makes an unforgettable difference in our motivation and our doing. (John 3:30)
How do we prepare for the Lord in our days, our minds, our hearts? What need we rid of to make room for Him? When we come to our King, the magnificent Savior, and bring sins to redeem and weakness for restoration, we receive back more than we could ask or imagine. When we offer our best interest and attention, we will be left breathless, overcome with His graciousness and glory, and respond with emotion and love. (Psalm 51:10; 2 Corinthians 7:1; Ephesians 3:20; James 4:8)
“Joy to the world! the Lord is come;
Let earth receive her King;
Let ev’ry heart prepare him room,
And heav’n and nature sing.” ~Isaac Watts (1719)
Lord, I prepare and open my heart to Thee. Enter, fill, and shine through in abounding joy.