Deeper Day 269: Ancient of Days

I sought the Lord, and He answered me; He delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to Him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame. This poor man called, and the Lord heard him; He saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him, and He delivers them. Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him. Fear the Lord, you His saints for those who fear Him lack nothing. The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing. Psalm 34:4-10

I have been seeking the Lord at a different level lately. I have asked to come much closer to His Presence than I ever have before, to be consumed by Him completely. As I reflected upon this request, I began to hear, “Ancient of Days”. God is the Ancient of Days, but why was He speaking this to me now?

During my morning quiet time, I came across the above verses again. The line that reads, “Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame,” really resonated with my heart. But still I wondered how that linked to God as the Ancient of Days, so I turned to Google and looked up the name, and it referenced some scripture in Daniel. One particular portion brought it all full circle for me…

“As I looked, thrones were set in place, and the Ancient of Days took His seat. His clothing was as white as snow; the hair of His head was white like wool. His throne was flaming with fire, and its wheels were all ablaze.” Daniel 7:9

As I read those words, I realized why my life has felt on fire lately…I’ve been coming closer to the throne and the heat from it is consuming my entire life. The heat of His glory. His throne flames with fire, this means if I am asking to draw nearer to Him in the throne room of Heaven (which I have specifically asked) then I should expect my life to catch fire. A deep, cleansing and holy fire.

That is my season. Now it’s all starting to make sense. And you may be asking, “Is it still worth it? You’ve had so much discomfort and pain, do you wish you’d never asked for this?” and I would soundly and deliberately answer, “Yes, it is still worth it. No, I will never regret asking to be closer to Him.”

The purpose of my whole life is to be nearer to Him all the way to heaven. What else is worthwhile? Nothing.

Let all my life point to Him, and when I die may there be no regret of holding back anything from Him. I will relentlessly pursue Him all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Prayer Moment: How close will you dare to get to the Lord? Does my story make you feel afraid? I don’t blame you one bit if it does, but I also hope it makes you feel hungry. Hungry to be nearer to Him. Desperate to be consumed by His fire. What burns are the things of this world that don’t matter and what forges is a steadiness in your spirit that cannot be broken. Simultaneously, I feel broken and whole, every day. What a beautiful exchange. Are you brave enough to go where few desire to go? If so, then give Him permission. Ask Him to bring you to His throne room and be forever changed.