“On the third day Esther put on her royal robes and stood in the inner courtyard of the king’s palace, facing the king’s hall. The king was sitting on his royal throne in the hall, facing the doorway. When the king saw Queen Esther standing in the courtyard, he was pleased. He held out to her the gold scepter that was in his hand, so Esther went forward and touched the end of it.” (Esther 5:1-2 NCV).

There are so many facets of God! He is our Father, our Savior, our Redeemer, our Lord, our Shelter in the storm, our Defender and Deliverer, our Helper, our Healer…. I forget sometimes, that He is Almighty God, and He is King of the Earth. I run to Him in times of trouble, when I am sick, worried, confused, helpless, under attack. Sometimes I forget to bow before Him with the fear and reverence that is due Him. Just as Esther stood in the courtyard waiting for King Xerxes to notice her and extend his scepter to her, there are times when we must be still a moment in God’s presence. We must consider who this God is before we approach Him and do so with fear and reverence, and awe. He will extend the scepter to you. Of that there is no doubt. It is always extended because we are told to, “come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need,” (Heb. 4:16 NKJV).

“The Lord Most High is wonderful. He is the great King over all the earth!” (Psalm 47:2 NCV)

“God is King over the nations. God sits on his holy throne.” (Psalm 47:8)

We need not be afraid of our King. He is not going to be-head us for approaching without his permission. We do not have an unapproachable King. One with guards at every point, men in black watching every person with eagle eyes and speaking caution in codes through little microphones draped over their ears. Rather, He is the King who waits with open arms for you to come. He desires for you to come, but come with an attitude that recognizes that He is not the guy next door. He is your King, and the King of the entire world! Psalm 47:9 – “The leaders of the nations meet with the people of the God of Abraham, because the leaders of the earth belong to God. He is supreme.”

Does this mean you need to lose the feeling of familiarity with God? That comfortable, ‘He is my Father’ kind of attitude. No. Of course not. Because He is our Father, and all of the things that He has promised to be to us. Maybe it just means that before you sit down for a long heart to heart with your Father, you just consider for a moment that He is also your King. Bow your head and recognize His supremacy. Then reach out to touch His golden scepter and sit at His feet before the royal throne.