Pour all your secrets into His ear!
from Octavius Winslow's, "Morning Thoughts"
"The throne of grace." Hebrews 4:16
Do not forget, dear reader, it is the throne of grace,
to which you come in prayer. It is a throne, because
God is a Sovereign. He will ever have the suppliant
recognize this perfection of His nature. He hears
and answers as a Sovereign.
He hears whom He will, and answers what and when He will.
There must be no dictation to God, no refusing to
bow to His sovereignty, no rebelling against His will.
If the answer is delayed, or God should seem to
withhold it altogether, remember that "He gives
no account of any of His matters," and that He has
a right to answer or not to answer, as seems good
in His sight.
Glorious perfection of God, beaming from the mercy seat!
But it is also a throne of grace. And why? Because
a God of grace sits upon it, and the scepter of grace
is held out from it, and all the favors bestowed
there are the blessings of grace.
God has many thrones.
There is the throne of creation,
the throne of providence,
the throne of justice, and
the throne of redemption.
But this is the throne of grace.
This is just the throne we need! We are....
We have nothing to bring but our deep wretchedness
and poverty, nothing but our complaints, our miseries,
our crosses, our groanings, our sighs, and tears.
But it is the throne of grace. For just such is it erected!
It is set up....
in a world of woe;
in the midst of the wilderness;
in the very land of the enemy;
in the valley of tears,
because it is the throne of grace.
It is a God of grace who sits upon it, and all the
blessings He dispenses from it are the bestowments
of grace. Pardon, justification, adoption, peace,
comfort, light, direction; all, all is of grace.
No worth or worthiness in the creature draws it forth; no
price he may bring purchases it; no tears, or complainings,
or misery moves the heart of God to compassion.
All is of grace.
God is so full of compassion, and love, and mercy,
He does not need to be stimulated to pour it forth.
It gushes from His heart as from a full and overflowing
fountain, and flows into the bosom of....
the humble, and
enriching, comforting, and sanctifying their souls.
Then, dear reader, whatever be your case, you may come!
If it is a throne of grace, as it is, then why not you?
Why stand afar off?
If the poor, the penniless, the disconsolate, the guilty
are welcome here; if this throne is crowded by such,
why make yourself an exception? Why not come too?
What is your case, what is your sorrow, what is your
burden? Ah! perhaps you can disclose it to no earthly
ear. You can tell it only to God. Then take it to Him.
Let me tell you for your encouragement, God has His
secret audience chamber, where He will meet you alone,
and where no eye shall see you, and no ear shall hear
you, but His; where you may open all your heart, and
disclose your real case, and pour all your secrets
into His ear!
It comes from those lips into which grace was poured.
"But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door
behind you, and pray to your Father secretly. Then your
Father, who knows all secrets, will reward you."
Upon this promise, go to the throne of grace.
Whatever be the need, temporal or spiritual, take it there.
God loves your secrets!