The Way to Approach God
CONTEXT: This thanksgiving psalm, which is specifically described as a song, praises God for blessing the land with fertility. Israelites probably used it in a time of harvest. It may also have been a prayer asking for and anticipating God’s blessing. The psalmist begins by praising God’s presence and protection (vv. 1–4). He then praises God’s awesome strength and sovereignty over creation (vv. 5–8), and concludes by thanking God for His provision and blessing on the land (vv. 9–13). – Faithlife Study Bible
Have you ever considered the what it must have been like for Abraham, Moses or Paul to meet the living God? While is is most doubtful any of in this life will have an opportunity to walk and talk with God, we all the same need to approach Him on a regular (hopefully daily basis). For some that is just as intimidating, but should it be?
Most commentaries think this to be a Psalm to commemorate a remarkable harvest. David begins the Psalm with a lesson on how to approach God v.1-4 let us break it down:
To You belongs silence [the submissive wonder of reverence], and [it bursts into] praise in Zion, O God; David is says he and the chosen of Israel are just can not wait to burst into praise and adoration for the coming harvest. This is the heart of man that is required entering into prayer. One that has pre-determined that it will praise and adore God no matter the outcome.
O You who hear prayer, David acknowledges that God hears and answers prayers of the faithful
Wickedness and guilt prevail against me; Yet as for our transgressions,
You forgive them [removing them from Your sight]. David says even with all the evil encompassed about me my trust is paced in you. For you alone are the sovereign God above all.
Blessed is the one whom You choose and bring near. To dwell in Your courts. David acknowledges that he will be greatly blessed by being chosen of God and God’s will being applied to his life.
As David understood approaching the Throne of Grace understood, it is all about having the right attitude of humility and submissive response to His authority; Therefore let us [with privilege] approach the throne of grace [that is, the throne of God’s gracious favor] with confidence and without fear, so that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find [His amazing] grace to help in time of need [an appropriate blessing, coming just at the right moment]. –Hebrews 4:16
Are you prepared today?
Dr. Steven Lawson, Rightly Approaching God’s Presence