“Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
In Christ, we have the truly hallowed privilege of approaching the one, all-powerful, only-true God on His throne, and not only that, but to do so seeking mercy and grace for our needy lives. If we have so great an admittance, why do we shy before mere man or apologize for the person God created us to be?
Many people hesitate to worship publicly through song, because they doubt the quality of their voice and are ashamed to let it be heard by the people around them. What does the Word of God say about this? Who does the Lord say should sing to Him? And how should they praise Him? “Sing joyfully to the LORD, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise Him” (1). “Worship the LORD with gladness; come before Him with joyful songs” (2). It is interesting that the psalmist never mentions conditional statements about the singer’s tone or pitch. Rather, the righteous are those called to worship. Is your faith in Christ? Then guess what. You are under divine mandate to sing. And our Lord has not merely called you to sing at an inaudible drone, but joyfully. When was the last time you heard someone joyfully whisper about the greatest thing in their life? In the same way, confidently praise the Lord and let no man shame you from doing so boldly.
On a similar note, the Lord made it clear from beginning of creation that it is not good for man to be alone. For this very reason, most of us find joy and comfort in the company of friends and fellow believers, and we can honestly say that we would not be where we are or who we are without them. Yet oftentimes, we forget that our friends are as human, needing friends, and wanting to be needed by friends as we are. We share our hearts with each other and then apologize for taking up each other’s time. We are called to build up one another! For what are we contrite? One Christian counseling book bears the subtitle, “People in Need of Change Helping People in Need of Change,” which is what all of us are. Both the counselor and the counselee have God-ordained missions to serve the body of Christ. This means we all take turns serving and being served as the Lord presents opportunities in each of our lives. If we can boldly petition our Lord for His help, we can surely ask one another to be His hands and feet, without apology and without regret.
The Lord says in Isaiah 30:15, “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength.” He did not say with timidity or doubt. On the contrary, “God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power and love and discipline” (4). Live boldly before Him and in the congregation of His chosen ones!
“As for God, His way is blameless;
The word of the Lord is tried;
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
For who is God, but the Lord?
And who is a rock, except our God,
The God who girds me with strength
And makes my way blameless?
He makes my feet like hinds’ feet,
And sets me upon my high places.
He trains my hands for battle,
So that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.”
(1) Psalm 33:1
(2) Psalm 100:2
(3) Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands, by Paul David Tripp
(4) 2 Timothy 1:7
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