“Only by grace can we enter,
Only by grace can we stand.”
Perhaps it is because the topic yesterday as I sat in the pew was about grace. Whatever the reason, I woke up this morning with the words above circulating through my mind. Not the whole hymn, just those specific words by Gerrit Gustafson. And the more I dwelt on the words above, the more my thoughts went to the “stand” part.
If I were to enter into the presence of God, what would be my response? Of course, I want to try to over-analyze this and think about, well, is it God’s presence in my daily life? Or is it God’s presence after some life-saving, or life-changing event? Is it after a family member or loved one dies? Is it after I die? I need for more information, right, because my response might be different.
Then, as I contemplated more, it became a battle back and forth about what would be most honoring to God. Is standing more honoring? Or bowing before the King? Or kneeling? What to do? What would come naturally? Having these thoughts, maybe I’m simply over-complicating this.
And then part of another song came. Perhaps the song that was there all the time…
All powerful, untameable,
Awestruck we FALL TO OUR KNEES as we humbly proclaim
You are amazing God.”
Thank you, Chris Tomlin, for putting into words my thoughts.
Surely your reaction will be unique to you. It may be unique to the circumstance. Whatever, it is, I think we need to be prepared to meet with God. Our Creator, our King, that desires to meet with us on a daily basis. Not just on the mountaintop, or in the valley, but along our daily path. Standing. Walking. Sitting. Bowing. Falling. Kneeling. That part might even be rubbish, after all, we’re talking about the very presence of God. I just want Him to wash over me…to simply BE in the moment!
Ephesians 2:6-7 – “And God raised us up with Christ and SEATED us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.”