This gives us a new picture. One of God's children stands before the throne. To the right stands Jesus. To his right stands the accuser (in Hebrew, Satan). To get to the Father - to destroy as Sherman destroyed the landscape and cities of Georgia - Satan must get past the Son. And, for those who belong to the Son, this is impossible.

Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: "Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ. For the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down. They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb…" Revelation 12:10, 11a.

The Song

For the better part of this past summer, I lay on the sofa and dealt with sciatica. One thing I can attest to, when you are ill - sick for any length of time - the accuser has a unique way of making you feel worse than you already do.

Knowing I was having a rough time of it, a friend sent me the youtube link to Selah's version of Before the Throne of God Above (Copyright PDI Worship, Words and Music by Charitie Lees Bancroft and Vikki Cook).

I have since played this video time and again and am always awed both by the beauty of the music and the truth of the lyrics. We must never forget - none of us - that the great accuser is no match for the Great I AM. His words of deceit cannot be set higher in our hearts to the words of Truth. His death wish is diminished in the saving, eternal life-giving blood of Christ.

Our Bridegroom, our High Priest, our Savior … the Lamb.


Eva Marie Everson is the coauthor of the award-winningReflections of God's Holy Land and the recently released Things Left Unspoken. For more information about Eva Marie or to book her to speak at your next event, go twww.EvaMarieEverson.com

 Original publication date: September 14, 2009