Before the Throne – A Poem
This morning as I was listening to music on my iPod the song Trust in Jesus came on and I started to think about standing before God’s judgment throne. Paul confirmed what is written all throughout the Old Testament, that everyone, even Christians, will face God’s judgment.
For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat.
It is written:
“‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord,
‘every knee will bow before me;
every tongue will confess to God.'”
So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God.
Romans 14:11-12 (NIV).
It occurred to me that as much as I appreciate what Jesus has done for me now, it will only be as I face the judgment throne of God that I will be able to fully appreciate the magnitude of His grace. Just as Solomon did, “I thought in my heart, ‘God will bring to judgment both the righteous and the wicked, for there will be a time for every activity, a time for every deed.'” Ecclesiastes 3:17 (NIV). Perhaps it is to fulfill His promise to bring us great joy and blessing that God will reveal, at the end of our days, how much He truly loves us. Only by revealing our great need for His redemption can He make us understand.
Before the Throne
I stand before the throne of God
He opens His book to my list of sins
His messenger begins to read
my transgressions, one by one
In my mind I begin to prepare
my defense, my justification for each sin
I think I am ready to answer
to show that I deserve mercy
The list goes on and on and on
Will it ever end?
My justifications begin to fade
My heart grows weak with shame
How can I stand before His throne
the judgment throne of the Almighty
I tremble in fear of His wrath, His righteous judgment
I know it will destroy me, I cannot stand
I fall to my knees before His throne
I bow my head knowing His judgment is true
Realizing I have no defense
I have broken every commandment, every law
without a single justification
Suddenly before the throne
between me and God’s final judgment
Stands the One who came to save me
His mercy and grace pour over me
I remember with great joy
that while I was yet a sinner
He loved me, He redeemed my soul
I trusted in Him and He is faithful to forgive
Before the throne of judgment and grace
I lift my voice in praise and adoration
Finally understanding completely
What His great love has accomplished
1/8/13: Shared this for Open Link Night at dVerse Poets Pub today.
life is a mysterious path, it is a strange thing to be explicitly transparent, known, as we are, somehow. for me our ecological context is an act of grace , trust, responsibility, journey.
Yes, indeed…a beautiful testament to faith. Indeed, if we were judged totally by the law, we would all be condemned.
I think it is only when we get there that we will truly be able to grasp the enormity of what God has done for us and how truly unconditional His love is. We have no idea.
Great post, Linda!
Charles, Some days I think I grasp it, but I’m pretty sure I don’t. 🙂 Thankful nonetheless. Peace, Linda
A good write, Linda.
ha..i wouldn’t even try to tell him that i think i deserved mercy cause i know i don’t…it’s all about grace..and about him being for us…and i’m so thankful
Claudia, I’m sure I wouldn’t either. For me this poem also illustrated the progression of my faith, from the time when I used to think I was justified in my sins to now when I know I must rely on grace. 🙂 I am thankful for grace as well. Peace, Linda
even for those forgiven i can not imagine this inspection being all that comfortable when you think of all the little things….thank goodness for grace….
This was so well written, Linda! Wow! It played out like a movie in my mind. And when you wrote .. .the list goes on and on and on. . ..that really got to me! Thank you for showing us what all He’s done for us and will yet do! God bless you!
Deb, As I started writing this in my mind I had a visual as well, like a movie. It is so exciting that my visual came through in the words. 🙂 God is so awesome like that, to show us in such real terms what His love is all about. Peace, Linda
A beautiful testament!
I have been a born again Christian for untold years, yet there is not a single day that I don’t fail miserably in some area. To think that He knew this when He took me on. That is Love. Beautiful poem.
That is Love, indeed! 🙂 Peace, Linda