Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
How do you draw near to the throne of grace? This is not a rhetorical question for which you just ponder it without giving an answer. I really want you to ask yourself and answer it. Write your answers down, read them over and over again and decide whether or not you actually "draw near" and what that looks like for you.
Drawing near to God with the confidence Hebrews 4 tells us about is paramount. Jesus made the way for us so that we can confidently approach the throne of grace. When the world is beating you down telling you, you don't measure up, you will never be good enough, and you're a failure. God's word tells us "hold fast your confession". What he is saying here is you should persistently continue speaking in faith, agreeing with what God has said, regardless of circumstances. If it never seemed like it was not working, there would be no need to hold fast, or hang on, to a confession of faith.
Again, as I have used David's psalms as examples the past couple of weeks, you can clearly see him time and again, holding fast to his confession of faith during his times of worship. Reminding himself of what God's word says.
Dan Ousley - Worship Leader - StoneBridge Baptist Church