Posted by: peebles | December 10, 2012

Esther 5:2 (NIV) ~ When he saw Queen Esther standing in the court, he was pleased with her and held out to her the gold scepter that was in his hand. So Esther approached and touched the tip of the scepter.

I have often wondered where all the respect and awe for our King, our Majesty Jesus Christ our Messiah, gone? If you were to read the preceding verse, you would see that prior to approaching the king’s presence, Esther put on her royal robes. In other words, she dressed for the occasion; she prepared herself to meet with the King. She approached the outer the palace with caution and respect, then she entered the inner court of the palace in front of the king’s hall, facing the entrance.

It is important to note that in those days you would dare not enter into the palace without an invitation from the King. Such a disrespectful act was one which merited you being killed. In Esther chapter 4 verse 16, we are able to grasp some insight into this, from the very words of Esther as she talks to Mordecai, “Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish”.

His inner courts were only made open by invitation; his inner courts were a safe haven and a place of intimacy with the king. Only those whom the King considered to be family and close friends were permitted by invitation to enter the inner courtroom.

Godfrey Birtill and Gill Birtill wrote this amazing chorus from the song, There’s a Battle Raging Over This Land, with these lyrics: 

Just one touch from the King,

Changes everything,
Just one touch from the King,
Changes everything.

As Esther stood there in the inner courts, the king looked up and was pleased with her, and he held out to her the gold scepter that was in his hand. So Esther approached and touched the tip of the scepter. She was accepted, and now had the favor of the King, who was pleased to grant her, not only the privilege to be in his courtroom, but also his favor and her request.

In that moment, Esther was allowed access to the king,

In that moment, Esther had acceptance,

In that moment, Esther had the king’s approval,

In that moment, Esther had her prayer request heard and answered,

In that moment, Esther had the favor of the king,

In that moment, Esther had been lifted up, established and honored by the King.

When we approach our King, we do not approach Him with any fear of punishment, nor condemnation. We do not approach our King with fear of neglect, or timidity. For our King is awesome in power, mighty in battle and strong to save, but gentle, loving, kind and full of compassion. He is as beautiful and majestic as the stars in procession. He is resplendent in glory and magnificent in radiance and with splendor He reigns in Sovereignty.

When we approach the throne room in prayer, we are preparing to meet with our great King, not clothed in this world’s clothing, but with royal robes we don’t deserve given to us by our King Jesus.

My friend, let us approach our King with all respect and reverence; let us kneel before Him and honor Him, for our King loves us and is delighted to see us. He extends, not just the royal scepter to us, but He extends to us His forgiveness, His mercy, His grace, His love, His favor and His power. The way to Him is open by prayer, and with boldness we draw near, for our King delights to hear the prayers of His people and He delights to answer our prayers.

As we approach the Throne of Grace where our King sits enthroned in all the splendor of heaven, and extends His scepter to us,

In that moment, we are allowed access,

In that moment, we have His acceptance,

In that moment, we have His approval,

In that moment, He hears our prayers and grants out requests,

In that moment, we have the favor of the King,

In that moment, we are established and honor by the King.

But no such rigid law we fear, who to the King of kings draw near,

Boldly approach His gracious throne, and freely our request make known,

Beyond the inner courts we press, enter within the holiest place,

Sure to obtain the peace of God and all we ask in Jesus’ name,

For just one touch from the King changes everything.

God bless you my friend, Matthew.


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