“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need” (Heb 4:16).
How different the believer’s invitation to the high priest’s of old. Not one chosen man, but any and all of us. Not with fear and trembling, but with assurance. Not one day a year, but whenever we feel our need. Not with fresh blood of an animal, but by virtue of the always-availing precious blood of the once-slain Christ.
The word “help” is composed of two words meaning “to run at the cry.” Who can’t see the mother responding immediately, recognizing the child’s urgent need? And “boldly”? Not presumptuously or demandingly, but literally “speaking everything,” as in the invitation, “Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us” (Ps 62:8). You can tell Him everything with confidence, unembarrassed, because He knows it all and is dispensing not judgment but mercy, not criticism but grace to help you now.