Being Delighted In The Lord

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “David was dancing before the Lord with all his might, and David was wearing a linen ephod. So David and all the house of Israel were bringing up the ark of the Lord with shouting and the sound of the trumpet” 2 Samuel 6: 14-15 David was anointed king of Israel but his heart was always towards ministering to the Lord as a priest, which was well expressed in his words, “One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord and to meditate in His temple” (Psalm 27: 4). When David danced before the Lord, wearing the humble linen ephod of a priest, he w

Preferring God’s Presence

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “David was dancing before the Lord with all his might, and David was wearing a linen ephod. So David and all the house of Israel were bringing up the ark of the Lord with shouting and the sound of the trumpet” 2 Samuel 6: 14-15 David, the king of Israel, danced before the Lord “with all his might” dressed as a humble priest “wearing a linen ephod.” In this act of worship and devotion to God David gave us a perfect preview of our Lord and Savior, our own King and High Priest, Jesus Christ. Jesus, our indwelling resurrected Savior, is our “King of Kings” (Revelation 19: 16) and He is also our “merciful and faithful High Priest” (Hebrews 2: 17). David w

David Was Dancing Before The Lord

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “David was dancing before the Lord with all his might, and David was wearing a linen ephod. So David and all the house of Israel were bringing up the ark of the Lord with shouting and the sound of the trumpet” 2 Samuel 6: 14-15 This is the account of the ark of the covenant being brought into Jerusalem, and David was leading as a minister to the Lord, not as a king of Israel. “David was wearing a linen ephod,” which was a priest’s most simple garment, meaning this was the identity David chose to display before the people of Israel. David could have come with all the pomp of kingship, but David came as a humble minister to the lord, showing Israel Who

O Taste And See That The Lord Is Good

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “O taste and see that the Lord is good; how blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him” Psalm 34:8 This was, in David’s mind, the simplest, most direct, appeal to a person regarding their own entrance into ministering to the Lord in His presence. When we “taste and see that the Lord is good,”in His presence, then we most certainly realize for our own lives the truth of “how blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him.” There is a connection between tasting the goodness of God and desiring more of His presence, and God has made it this way. The proof of our tasting and seeing that the Lord is good, is that we step further and closer into His presence f

Let God Raise You Up In His Presence Today

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “‘I love You, O Lord, my strength.’ The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. I call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies” Psalm 18:1-3 Look at all of these wonderful confessions David proclaimed concerning God, “in whom I take refuge.” I have been writing these past few days concerning David’s wonderfully intimate life of ministering to the Lord and of all of the vivid titles he had come to know God by throughout his years of ministering to the Lord “in whom I take refuge.” You and I today, as priests unto

I Love Dwelling With God

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “O Lord, I love the habitation of Your house and the place where Your glory dwells” Psalm 26:8 O I so hope you have this love for “the habitation of Your house” because His house is now within you! We are a temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 3:16) and when we enter within, to minister to our Lord, we are entering into “the place where Your glory dwells.” Oh Hallelujah! David loved the habitation of God’s house, meaning David loved the act of dwelling in God’s house, “the place where Your glory dwells.” You and I are blessed to have the house of God within us, so we may fellowship in the beauty and glory of God at any time, being filled anew wit

In The Secret Place Of Your Presence

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “You hide them in the secret place of Your presence from the conspiracies of man; You keep them secretly in a shelter from the strife of tongues” Psalm 31:20 Here is one more blessed reason why our Lord Jesus wants us to be alive and active as His kingdom of priests, ministering in His presence, because God is able to purify us and keep us pure as we abide with Him “in the secret place of His presence.” Without the “secret place of His presence” we are constantly bombarded with “the conspiracies of man” and “the strife of tongues.” In this world, and in this religious world too, the conspiracies of man and the strife of tongues are always present, de

You Are My Hiding Place

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “You are my hiding place; You preserve me from trouble; You surround me with songs of deliverance” Psalm 32:7 God is our hiding place. When we enter the inner court, our inner room, to worship our “Father Who is in secret” (Matthew 6:6), we are in our hiding place. This is where we praise God and minister to Him in His presence and this is where He protects us, strengthens us and surrounds us “with songs of deliverance.” We have seen many times where David expressed His desire, saying “I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord” (Psalm 27: 6). Now in this verse, we see David declaring “You surround me with songs of deliverance.” What I see is

O The Riches Of Taking Refuge “In The Shadow Of Your Wings”

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God! And the children of men take refuge in the shadow of Your wings. They drink their fill of the abundance of Your house; and You give them to drink of the river of Your delights. For with You is the fountain of life; in Your light we see light” Psalm 36:7-9 Once more we see David’s reference to “the shadow of Your wings” as being descriptive of his understanding about his own personal spiritual tabernacle of fellowship with God. In this day, when we minister to the Lord in His presence, we are taking refuge “in the shadow of Your wings.” In this place, as David saw it, we drink our fill “of the abundance You

In The Shelter Of Your Wings

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “Lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For You have been a refuge for me, a tower of strength against the enemy. Let me dwell in Your tent forever; let me take refuge in the shelter of Your wings” Psalm 61:2-4 All of these great truths that David declared of God, in the Spirit, are also true for us, right now, in God, in His Spirit. When David wrote of dwelling in God’s tent forever, He was describing his own spiritual state of continual fellowship with God. David wasn’t literally dwelling in an actual tent forever, with a giant rock inside of it. David spoke in the spirit about the tent of God, as being the temple of God, of His presence, which

How We Strengthen Ourselves In The Lord Our God - Part 4 (In The Night)

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches, for You have been my help, and in the shadow of Your wings I sing for joy. My soul clings to You” Psalm 63: 6-8a O bless the Lord that we are so privileged and equipped, by God’s Holy Spirit, to strengthen ourselves in Him, in the Lord our God, in the evening, and as we retire for the night, and in any “night watches” we may have, by remembering and meditating upon the presence and the help of our God. “In the shadow of Your wings” was a favorite expression of David’s, representing the complete safety and protection he felt under the caring, protective, and loving wings of God. “

How We Strengthen Ourselves In The Lord Our God - Part 3 (In The Morning)

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “But as for me, I shall sing of Your strength; yes, I shall joyfully sing of your lovingkindness in the morning, for You have been my stronghold and a refuge in the day of distress” Psalm 59:16 If you want to know and to grow in the knowledge of God as your stronghold, then learn to bless and confess His lovingkindness and strength in the morning, as soon as you awaken. Establish Who your strength is right away, every day. “Joyfully sing” of His lovingkindness in the morning, which strengthens you in the Lord your God, and you will be less likely to fall apart “in the day of distress.” Practice His praises on a regular basis, in His presence, and you

How We Strengthen Ourselves In The Lord Our God - Part 2

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “O my strength, I will sing praises to You; for God is my stronghold, the God who shows me lovingkindness” Psalm 59:17 Once we have entered the presence of our Lord as priests to minister to our God, which strengthens us in our identity in Christ, we are then further strengthened as we praise our God for Who He is (“my stronghold”) and for what He has done (“who shows me lovingkindness”). This is always the heart, the essence and substance, of praise. We worship God for Who He is and for what He has done. Count your blessings before God in His presence. Go through your own personal list of Who God is to you and what He has done for you. You will be s

How We Strengthen Ourselves In The Lord Our God - Part 1

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “David strengthened himself in the Lord his God” 1 Samuel 30:6 So, how exactly do we strengthen ourselves in the Lord our God? I believe there are many ways. First and foremost though, when we enter a time of ministering to the Lord, there is a specific focus and understanding we possess, regarding our identity as priests unto God. Jesus Christ “has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father” (Revelation 1:6). We have become God’s Own “royal priesthood” (1 Peter 2:9). When we enter the “inner court” which, according to the pattern in the Old Testament, was next to the “Holy of Holies,” we are entering our “inner room,” as Jesus Said (Matt

Strengthening Yourself In The Lord Your God

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “David strengthened himself in the Lord his God” 1 Samuel 30:6 This verse does not say that the Lord strengthened David but that “David strengthened himself in the Lord.” The Bible does not say David prayed, “O Lord strengthen me please,” but does say, “David strengthened himself in the Lord.” The people were turning against David and speaking of stoning him, but the first thing David did was to strengthen himself in the Lord. David knew that, as Psalm 96 declared, “strength and beauty are in His sanctuary” (Psalm 96:6). “David strengthened himself in the Lord his God” first, in God’s presence. When we minister to the Lord we are strengthening oursel

But David Strengthened Himself In The Lord His God

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “David was greatly distressed because the people spoke of stoning him, for all the people were embittered, each one because of his sons and daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God” 1 Samuel 30:6 The enemy had come in with a force, while David and his men were away, “and they took captive the women and all who were in it, both small and great, without killing anyone, and carried them off and went their way” (1 Samuel 30:2). David became the person that everyone was blaming for this terrible loss. What was David to do? Did he contend with the people, or try to work something out, or run away from it all? No. “But David strengthene

A Song Of Victory In God’s Presence

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “And now my head will be lifted up above my enemies around me. And I will offer in His tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord” Psalm 27:6 In verse four of this Psalm, David was in God’s presence, beholding the beauty of the Lord and meditating in His temple. In verse five David was in a “day of trouble” and experienced God’s presence as being an ark of safety, hidden away in a secret place with God, and being lifted up on a rock. Now, in verse six, this progression continues with David in God’s presence being “lifted up above my enemies” in victory, and so he is singing praises. All of these blessed trut

A Secret Place In The Day Of Trouble

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle; in the secret place of His tent He will hide me; He will lift me up on a rock” Psalm 27:5 David had personally learned and here confessed that ministering to the Lord, beholding the beauty of the Lord, in the presence of God, provided strength and protection for him “in the day of trouble.” This is exactly what David meant when he wrote, “to behold the beauty of the Lord and to meditate in His temple. For in the day of trouble He will conceal me.”Amen. As children of God, we are blessed to minister to our Lord and to learn the beauty of His presence that keeps drawing us back for more.

To Behold The Beauty Of The Lord - Part 3

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord and to meditate in His temple” Psalm 27:4 How does ministering to the Lord enable us to see the beauty of the Lord? It is because, as David had earlier written, “In Your presence is fullness of joy” (Psalm 16:11), which joy we receive when ministering to our Lord, for we are praising God exclusively for Who He is and what He has done, and this is all beautiful. God is beautiful and what He has done is beautiful. When we minister to our Lord we are allowing ourselves to be surrounded exclusively

To Behold The Beauty Of The Lord - Part 2

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord and to meditate in His temple” Psalm 27:4 Yesterday I shared how ministering to the Lord truly softens our hearts, particularly because of the blessing of our continual beholding the beauty of the Lord in His presence. Going hand in hand with our hearts being softened in God’s presence as we behold His beauty, is that Jesus Christ, our High Priest, is with us as well as we minister as priests unto God. For scripture declares of our Savior that “He always lives to make intercession for them. For

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