Read Psalm 5:7
7 But I, by your great love,
can come into your house;
in reverence I bow down
towards your holy temple. (NIV)
None of us can simply turn up at the White House or Buckingham Palace or the Prime Minister’s Lodge and have a bit of a chat with the incumbents. These places don’t let just anyone in. You have to be special, and the persons who live there must be willing to see you. Otherwise the doors are locked and barred.
Just as well God doesn’t treat us like that. Imagine if he only let VIPs into his presence. Imagine if he decided he was too busy or we were too insignificant to see us. Imagine if we had to negotiate with some powerful Chief of Staff for access to him.
But Jesus has handled all that. His death on the cross and our acceptance of it removes any barriers to access. The locked door has been thrown open. We can come at any time and in any condition. We don’t have to clean ourselves up or persuade God that this time it is really and truly important. We don’t have to shrink back as if we can’t dare to disturb a God who is busy trying to keep order in a disordered world.
The fact is we are warmly invited into his presence. He does not grudgingly admit us. He does not make us wait in line. He does not have us fill in numerous forms proving our identity or importance. We are welcome at all times, which makes us bold. But we are only welcome because of what Jesus has done for us, which makes us humble.