Thursday, July 16, 2015

Our Praisebook Account

UV 1472/10,000 Our Praisebook Account

And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.
Revelation 4 v 2
Jesus is the High Priest who sits on the right hand of the throne of God. His throne is like flaming fire. His eyes penetrate our thoughts and hearts. His face is radiant like precious stone. His hair like white wool. There is a rainbow around the throne of God. It symbolises the promises of the old covenant and new covenant that the Lord has made with man. We can travel in the spirit to the presence of the Lord, to His throne room and experience His power and grace. Whenever we bend our knees in prayer, we are immediately transported to His throne. He has overcome and sits on the right side of the Father. He urges us also to overcome and He has prepared a throne beside Him.

The throne is a metaphor of the sovereign power and sovereignty of the Lord. He rules in every situation. He is not far from us as long as we are living in spiritual unity and fellowship with Him. What He decrees as King of Kings happens. Nothing is impossible or too difficult with Him. We need to be in the spirit and perceive the throne of the Lord instead of focussing on the thorns of life. His holy presence will burn the thorns, dissolve the problems, resolve the challenges we face in our everyday lives.

It depends on us to allow the throne of the Lord to be established in our midst. He is not a God who is distant or remote or unconcerned about us. He is intimately involved in the details of our lives to the extent we invite Him and allow Him. Nothing is too small or insignificant for Him to commit and be involved in. When one enters the presence of a king, we should enter with praise and thanksgiving for giving us the audience. We should thank Him and be grateful for favours received so far. Praise and thanksgiving are the gates that lead us into the throne room presence of God. It is in the throne room that the petitions of the subjects of a king are heard. Praise is essential as it is not a one way route but it opens the two way communication, Jacob’s stairway to heaven. Worship is not something that we do for the benefit of God but for our own benefit. As we turn our blessings into praise, He turns our praise into even more blessings even as water that evaporates from the seas, lakes and rivers turns back into rain to water the plants, trees and to satisfy the thirst of animals. Praise and worship brings the presence of the Lord in our midst. Each of us should open a Praisebook account. Every day I have started writing ten new things to praise and thank the Lord. Over a thousand days, it would turn into ten thousand blessings.
Prateep V Philip

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