Drawing Nigh to God
“Blessed is the man whom thou choosest,
and causest to approach unto thee.”
- The text speaks directly of kings and priests chosen by God to meet with Him and offer sacrifices in His temple.
- The text speaks indirectly of New Testament saints, who are each and every one of them kings and priests themselves.
- God created you, sustains you by His laws and Providence, and knows everything about you, but can you approach Him?
- Great kings are approached very carefully, as Esther fasted and prayed before approaching Ahasuerus (Esther 4:10-17).
God Is Unapproachable
- God drove Adam and Eve out of the Garden and from His Presence (Genesis 3:8, 23-24).
- God warned Moses at the burning bush to remove his shoes for the holy ground (Ex 3:1-6).
- God’s presence at Sinai was so terrible Israel could not bear it (Ex 20:18-21; Heb 12:18-21).
- God cannot be seen and never will be seen by mere man, including Moses (Exodus 33:20).
- God would not allow any priest with a physical blemish approach Him (Leviticus 21:16-24).
- God would not allow the Kohathites to even come close to seeing His furniture (Nu 4:17-20).
- God chose to dwell in the thick darkness and was so worshipped by Solomon (II Chron 6:1).
- God will not allow the foolish to stand in His sight, for He cannot stand such (Psalm 5:5).
- God’s presence is so great, that any thought of idols is vanity and insanity (Psalm 97:5-7).
- God will not accept any approaching to Him unless they come in righteousness (Is 58:1-14).
- God will not allow men to flee from His Presence, when He demands their presence (Jon 1:3).
- God chose to leave the Gentiles without God and without hope in the world (Ephesians 2:12).
- God will destroy those who obey not the gospel eternally from His Presence (II Thess 1:7-10).
- God cannot be seen and dwells in a light that no man can approach unto (I Timothy 6:15-16).
- God’s Presence is so terrible that the heaven and earth shall flee away from Him (Rev 20:11).
What Do We Do?
- Job begged for a daysman, who would intercede on his behalf with God (Job 9:32-33).
- Joshua, a young man, would not leave the place where God appeared to Moses (Ex 33:11).
- Asa and all Judah sought the Lord and found Him for great blessings (II Chron 15:2,4,12-15).
- We acknowledge and confess that knowing God is a great blessing and desire (Jer 9:23-24).
- We claim the promise of His Word to draw nigh to Him expecting His response (James 4:8).
There Is An Answer
- God raised up a man, Who engaged His Heart to approach unto God (Jeremiah 30:21).
- No man has seen God, but the only begotten Son revealed Him to us (John 1:18; Col 1:15).
- There is a glorious Mediator between God and man – the man Christ Jesus (I Timothy 2:5).
- Jesus is now in the Presence of God in heaven to appear there for us (Hebrews 9:24).
- Neither sex, nor rank, nor nationality, nor age matters in our relationship with God (Gal 3:28).
- Age does not matter? Unless we come as children, we are rejected. See I Samuel 1:28.
- Jesus Christ our Saviour will present us faultless before His glorious Presence (Jude 24-25).
- Jesus Christ made peace with God: He reconciled us to God (II Corinthians 5:18-21).
How to Approach God
- We sing, “Bold I approach the eternal throne.” Are you truly bold? And do you approach?
- We must remember men like Enoch, Noah, Abraham, and Moses, who walked with God.
- He is a loving Father, superior to earthly fathers, and eager to give good things (Matt 7:9-11).
- Draw nigh to Him, and He will draw nigh to you (Ja 4:8). Is there a more precious promise?
- We ask for Him to be close to us and draw us unto Himself (Ps 145:18; Is 58:9; John 14:23).
- Consider the glorious text revealing the open way we have to God’s Presence (Heb 10:19-22).
- “Having therefore,” concludes from the full and perfect redemption defined (10:10-18).
- “Brethren” limits this glorious blessing to the elect and redeemed saints of God (2:13).
- “Boldness” is the confident assurance we should have going to the Most High (4:15).
- “Enter” is the action we should be pursuing, rather than standing at a distance outside.
- “The Holiest” is the Personal Presence of God Himself literally considered (9:3,8).
- “The blood of Jesus” is the means by which God is reconciled and accepts us (9:12).
- “A new way” describes the contrast between Christ’s blood and that of mere animals.
- “A living way” describes the living, active, perpetual nature of the new way to God.
- “Which He hath consecrated” further describes the positive blessedness of the way.
- “Through the veil” uses an O.T. symbol to show God opened to us by Christ’s death.
- “His flesh,” and his blood previously mentioned, are the means of the new open way.
- “And having an high priest” further explains the living nature of the way to God.
- “Over the house of God” refers to the whole family of God in heaven and earth.
- “Let us draw near” is our duty, our need, our health, our privilege, and our blessing.
- “With a true heart” requires of us a sincere, honest, pure, single-minded intent (Ja 4:8).
- “Full assurance of faith” rejects doubts of His sacrifice and God’s forgiveness (11:6).
- “Our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience” is glorious gospel freedom from guilt and fear by the one time sprinkling of Christ’s blood for our sins (9:13-14; 13:24).
- “Our bodies washed with pure water” is believer’s baptism, where a good conscience free from sin and guilt by Christ’s death and resurrection answers God (I Peter 3:21).
- When was the last time you prayed exclusively and passionately for God to draw nigh to you and you to Him?
- My objectives are simple: (a) raise your desire, (b) exalt Christ’s priesthood, and (c) repeat your free access.
- For those with serious ambitions to draw nigh to God, you should obtain the tape “Walking with God” and review it.