“Night to night I come to Him, kneel before His diadem; while a thousand thousand sing, I fall before the King. Soon will He be changing me, clothed in immortality, swallowed up in victory, and evermore to be.”
The song High Above The Seraphim (verse 3 above) is a really great hymn that offers perspective. “While a thousand thousand sing, I fall before the King” describes God, seated with authority, being praised by an innumerable host of angels, and me- contritely cowering. I have certainly brought prayers of sorrow before. But, never have I ever thought about how those are received. Well, not by God.
“…confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power and is working.” (James 5.15) The idea of making one’s way to the front pew at the prescribed time is terrifying for some. So many reasons to not repent start with what others may think. Never let it. (This is often more fear than fact- give those church folks a chance!) The only opinion that matters is that of God the Almighty Judge.
That verse pictures me kneeling “While a thousand thousand sing”. This is exactly what happens when someone comes to Christ and asks for help (see, Luke 15.7). Come to Jesus and let Him begin working in your life. You cannot change the past, but you can show the power of God. You can show that sins are nothing when compared to Jesus’s ability to cleanse them. There is no amount or severity of transgression that Jesus cannot heal you from. Jesus alone can save, and will save, all who come to Him.
“Soon will He be changing me”. Yeah, the rest of the verse is about living forever in Heaven, but the changing starts now! “…He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ” (Philippians 1.6). Salvation is not earned but shown off. Come to Jesus and start showing Him in your life. In another hymn, we sing “Just a cup of cold water in His name given may the hope in some heart renew. Do not wait to be told nor by sorrow driven to the work God has planned for you” (Room In God’s Kingdom, verse 2). Let Him work in your life, He is perfecting you so that you “evermore [will] be.”