He Raises His Scepter

“In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple. Above him stood the seraphim… One called to another and said:

‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
the whole earth is full of his glory!’

And I said: ‘Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips..; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!’” Isaiah 6:1-3,5-6

“Esther [said], ‘All the king’s servants and the people… know that if [anyone] goes to the king inside the inner court without being called, there is but one law—to be put to death, except the one to whom the king holds out the golden scepter…

Esther put on her royal robes and stood in the inner court of the king’s palace, in front of the king’s quarters, while the king was sitting on his royal throne inside the throne room… And when [he] saw Queen Esther standing in the court, she won favor in his sight, and he held out the golden scepter… Then Esther approached and touched the tip of the scepter. The king said to her, ‘What is your request?'” Esther 4:10-11; 5:1-3

“I appeal to you.., by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that… you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:1-2

“Let us with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16

When we see our Lord, high and lifted up, regal and resplendent, we are undone. A proper fear of God keeps us trembling, tentative, hushed and waiting for His welcome. Our merciful High Priest holds out His gleaming scepter of grace, and we approach with confidence. We bow, honor, and offer our whole body. We seek and find help in time of need.

Our Lord bids us come for palpable comfort, sweet communion, fresh understanding, secret and personal confidences. He tucks us at His feet by His throne where He is seated, victorious, reigning in perfect authority. He listens to all we need, and imparts His wisdom and blessing.

How often do I begin my day without seeking the golden scepter? Do I whisk by the royal court to go about my plans and duties, taking no thought for the Lord of my moments and hours? What could change in my outlook, my demeanor, my insights and reactions with others, were I to take time with my King in His throne room? What new strength, patience, willingness to overlook offenses, or graciousness, might I find there? What burdens do I continually lug around and allow to impede spiritual and relational growth, when I could leave them at His feet? What parts of my body have I been unwilling to sacrifice, what crevices of my mind have I kept back from renewal in the light of the word?

Oh Lord, may I come reverently to Your throne room and seek your raised scepter every day. I offer myself and my praise so you can have Your way with me.

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