Strengthening Ourselves In The Lord Our 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 started blaming for this terrible loss. What was David to do? Did he contend with the people, or try to work something out, or did he run away from it all? No. “But David

Our 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 and priests of our God, we are blessed to minister to our Lord and to learn the beauty of His presence that keeps drawing

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), Who’s 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 the Lord we are allowing ourselves to be surrounded exclusively

To Behold The Beauty Of The Lord - Part 2: Seeing The Beauty Of Jesus Our High Priest

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

To Behold The Beauty Of The Lord - Part 1

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 The practice of ministering to the Lord is a always heart softener and “to behold the beauty of the Lord” is the reason why. We all behold something, all the time, every day. As for me, I will minister to my Lord so I may “behold the beauty of the Lord.” You know, we do become what we behold, and out of the abundance of the heart our mouth speaks. So, let us behold the beauty of our Lord, in the presence of God, as we minister as priests before Him, so w

One Thing I Have Asked From The Lord

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 This “one thing” that David asked from the Lord, which is now our blessed reality as priests of God, reminds me of the apostle Paul’s words in the New Testament, from His letter to the church at Philippi, when he wrote,“ I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord,” further stating his desire “that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings” (Philippians 3:8,10)

That I May Dwell In The House Of The Lord All The Days Of My Life

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 These are the words of someone who knew the blessed truth and reality of ministering to the Lord. There was just one thing David was asking of the Lord, and he sought after that one thing. David’s one desire was to “dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.” You and I have the house of the Lord within us now, so we may, by the grace of God and through the blood of Jesus Christ, live “all the days” of our lives in God’s presence, as minister

Our Priestly Inheritance in Jesus Christ

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “The Lord is the portion of my inheritance and my cup” Psalm 16:5 In this verse, from this beautiful 16th Psalm, David revealed that he had the true and simple heart of a priest unto God. The Lord had spoken to Aaron, concerning the priestly tribe of Levi, saying, “You shall have no inheritance in their land nor own any portion among them; I am your portion and your inheritance” (Numbers 18:20). In the book of Joshua it is recorded, “But to the tribe of Levi, Moses did not give an inheritance; the Lord, the God of Israel, is their inheritance, as He had promised to them” (Joshua 13:33). Later on in the Old Testament, God spoke this same blessed truth

Our Path Of Life In God’s Presence

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “You will make known to me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; in Your right hand there are pleasures forever” Psalm 16:11 Praise God. “The path of life,” it seemed for David, was the path that led him into “Your presence,” for it was in God’s presence that David’s “fullness of joy” dwelt. David knew there were “pleasures forever” awaiting him, at God’s right hand, as he ministered to His Lord. “The path of life” for us, today, in Jesus Christ is the exact same; the path that leads us into God’s presence where our own “fullness of joy” resides and where we experience “pleasures forever” in ministering to our God as His present day

Ministering To The Lord Is God’s Prescription Of Well Being For You

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “I have set the Lord continually before me; because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my glory rejoices; my flesh also will dwell securely” Psalm 16:8-9 Benefit after benefit flowed from the pen of David as He wrote about his life and understanding of ministering to the Lord. We have seen, in our past two devotions, that David was blessed to behold God in the morning and in the evening. You can’t escape the obvious evidence that David’s heart’s desire was to “set the Lord continually before me.” And because of this, because David ministered regularly to God before His presence, he realized in his own life wh

I Will Be Satisfied With Your Likeness In The Night

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “I will bless the Lord who has counseled me; indeed, my mind instructs me in the night. I have set the Lord continually before me; because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken” Psalm 16:7-8 Praise God Who, through our indwelling Lord Jesus Christ, allows us to set Him continually before us, “in our hearts” (2 Corinthians 4:6), that we might behold Him at all times! Previously, I shared with you David’s words, “As for me, I shall behold Your face in righteousness; I will be satisfied with Your likeness when I awake’ (Psalm 17:15). Now in this verse, we see this same blessed truth being declared, of our beholding, or setting, the Lord before us

I Will Be Satisfied With Your Likeness When I Awake

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: "As for me, I shall behold Your face in righteousness; I will be satisfied with Your likeness when I awake" Psalm 17:15 Ministering to the Lord on a regular basis, beholding God’s face in righteousness, allows and enables us to “be satisfied with Your likeness when I awake,” because ministering to the Lord keeps the likeness of God in the forefront of our minds. Because David beheld God’s face in righteousness on a regular basis, he was therefore blessed and enabled to “be satisfied with Your likeness when I awake.” Shouldn’t we all be blessed to say, and truly we are all blessed to genuinely say, first thing every single morning, “I am satisfied wit

As For Me, I Shall Behold Your Face

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “As for me, I shall behold Your face in righteousness; I will be satisfied with Your likeness when I awake” Psalm 17:15 How was it that David was able to behold God’s face? David was not asking. He did not say, “Oh please show me Your face God.” Instead David affirmed, “as for me, I shall behold Your face,” as if to say, “I don’t know what others want to behold but, “as for me, I shall behold Your face in righteousness.” David was experiencing this, regularly I believe, through the Spirit of the Living God. In ministering to the Lord, we behold the face of God. David had such a highly practiced life of ministering to the Lord in God’s presence that h

David Ministered To The Lord From An Early Age

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Upon You I was cast from birth; You have been my God from my mother’s womb” Psalm 22:10 Perhaps being the youngest of eight sons was not so easy for David. Maybe, with such a large family, there was not much time or attention given to David. We know that when Samuel came to Jesse’s house, his seven sons, minus David, were ready for Samuel to see them, while David was left out in the fields with the sheep. David’s own testimony, from the 22nd Psalm, indicates that as far back as he could remember, he had been with the Lord, “Upon You I was cast from birth.” David may have, just like Samuel, begun ministering to the Lord from a young age. Samuel minis

Experiencing Renewal In God’s Presence

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “I will give thanks to the Lord with all my heart; I will tell of all Your wonders. I will be glad and exult in You; I will sing praise to Your name, O Most High” Psalm 9:1-2 Here is the basic premise of what we say in our ministering to the Lord. Just like David, we praise God “with all my heart” for Who He is and for what He has done. In future sharing from the Psalms, we will see that David would often list actual attributes of God, and the things God has done, as he praised God in His presence. “I will tell of all Your wonders” is our praising God for all that He has done. Truly, once we begin thanking our God for all He has done, the list become

A Word From David About Ministering To The Lord

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “But as for me, by Your abundant lovingkindness I will enter Your house, at Your holy temple I will bow in reverence for You. Let all who take refuge in You be glad, let them ever sing for joy; and may You shelter them, that those who love Your name may exult in You” Psalm 5:7 & 11 In this early Psalm of David’s, we see the heart of someone who not only practiced and understood ministering to the Lord, but who also desired for all to experience God in this way. Yes, today may “abundant lovingkindness” lead us all into “Your house,” “Your holy temple” O Lord. This is for us today because now, in the New Covenant of Jesus Christ, we have been made a pr

Receive The Anointing Which “Abides In You”

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “The Lord said, ‘ Arise, anoint him; for this is he.’ Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon David from that day forward” 1 Samuel 16:12-13 David was the one individual whom God had found, saying “This is he,”in all of His searching for “a man after His own heart” (1 Samuel 13:14). When Samuel anointed him, “the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon David.” As new born children of God, we have been given the call of our priesthood (Revelation 1:5-6, 1Peter 2:5-9), that we ourselves would be a people of God pursuing “after His own heart.” In his first letter, the ap

Man Looks At The Outward Appearance, But The Lord Looks At The Heart

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” 1 Samuel 16:7 These are the words the Lord spoke to Samuel after he had arrived at the house of Jesse, where he had gone, following God’s word to him, in order to anoint the next king of Israel. When Samuel first entered and saw Jesse’s son, Eliab, He thought, “surely the Lord’s anointed is before him” (1 Samuel 16: 7), which provoked God to speak these words about how He sees things differently, from the heart. Jesse proceeded to show off seven sons to Samuel, and none of these were God’s anointed. Jesse obviously thought his youngest son, David, was

Ministering To The Lord Is Being “A Man After My Heart”

Today’s Word Of Encouragement From Wayne: “Your kingdom shall not endure. The Lord has sought out for Himself a man after His own heart, and the Lord has appointed him as ruler over His people” 1 Samuel 13:14 These were the words of the Lord through Samuel, now a grown man, to king Saul, who had “not kept the commandment of the Lord your God” (1 Samuel 13:13). David was the one whom God had found, “a man after His own heart,”who would soon be anointed king by Samuel (1 Samuel 16: 4-13). The apostle Paul, on his first missionary journey, commented upon this Scripture from 1st Samuel, when he preached the gospel at Pisidian Antioch, saying, “He raised up David to be their king, concerning whom

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