You Have Anointed My Head With Oil

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; my cup overflows” Psalm 23:5 In order for us to truly see the table of God’s presence, which He has prepared for us, we need first to have our heads anointed with oil. When we receive, yield to, and joyfully allow the oil of God’s Holy Spirit to permeate our minds, our thinking, our heads; then our spiritual eyes are activated, opened, and we see the table of God’s presence beckoning us to come and minister to our Lord. It is the anointing of God’s Holy Spirit within and over us that shines a constant, clear, and entreating pathway, directing us into the

Let God Prepare A Table For You - The Table Of His Presence

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil” Psalm 23:5 Whenever David felt like he was surrounded by enemies, as he oftentimes was, he would head for the presence of God. Instead of beholding his enemies, along with their plans and deeds, David preferred to see his beloved God preparing a table before him, a banquet table of treasures, filled with the presence of God and “the beauty of the Lord” (“Psalm 27: 4). This is our holy buffer in this life, the table that God prepares before us and for us “in the presence of my enemies.” God sets the table of His presence before us, meaning that His table

You Are With Me

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me” Psalm 23:4 Whenever we minister to our Lord, we affirm the truth that “You are with me.” Otherwise we would not be ministering to God at all, would we? There would be no purpose in our priesthood if there was no temple of the Holy Spirit within, no presence of God, no inner court ministry. You see, every time we praise God in His presence, as priests to our Lord under His New Covenant (Revelation 1: 5-6), we affirm and strengthen our own spirit and mind in this essential truth of our Christian faith: “You are with me.” Do you want to be stronger in you

Beloved, Fear No Evil For God Is With You

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me” Psalm 23:4 Praise God, the more we minister to the Lord the more we are graced to be aware of our Lord, within us, and over all things. David was so tuned in to God’s presence that he could write these words and truly mean them. The nearness and presence of God is everything to us in this life. God is “with” us and in us right now. In a way, our whole Christian experience in this life is like a kind of our own walking “through the valley of the shadow of death.” So, let us not fear evil. Let us instead behold o

Speak Of The Glory Of His Kingdom

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “The Lord is good to all, and His mercies are over all His works. All Your works shall give thanks to You, O Lord, and Your godly ones shall bless You. They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom and talk of Your power” Psalm 145:9-11 God is “good to all.” We praise You Lord and we bless You for Your goodness, Your loving kindness, graciously extended to us through Your Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ. “His mercies are over all His works” and, through Jesus Christ, we have also become one of God’s works, a miraculous working of our mercy-full, life-redeeming Messiah. We are new creations in and through Jesus Christ. So, let us also joyfully “speak of

Your Godly Ones Shall Bless You

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “The Lord is good to all, and His mercies are over all His works. All Your works shall give thanks to You, O Lord, and Your godly ones shall bless You” Psalm 145:9-10 David continued, in this last numbered Psalm of his, by confessing that God’s mercies (multiple) “are over all His works.” This means and includes you and I, as well as everything else God has made, for truly, just as the apostle Paul declared, “we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand” (Ephesians 2: 10). God’s mercies are over us continuously, all of the time, for we are one of His works, just like David confessed and knew for his ow

The Glorious Splendor Of God’s Majesty

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “On the glorious splendor of Your majesty and on Your wonderful works, I will meditate” Psalm 145:5 Here is where our minds need to dwell, and rest, and be refreshed. Let us meditate upon God’s glorious splendor. Let us meditate upon God’s glorious splendor in His presence. Let us meditate upon God’s glorious splendor in His presence, within us, where the glorious splendor of His majesty resides. Paul the apostle wrote to the church of the Colossians declaring “Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1: 27). Christ is in us presently, and He has made us to be a kingdom of priests unto God (Revelation 1:5-6).When we step into our inner temple (1

Extolling Our Lord

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “I will extol You, my God, O King, and I will bless Your name forever and ever. Every day I will bless You, and I will praise Your name forever and ever. Great is the Lord and highly to be praised” Psalm 145:1-3 To extol your Lord is to keep Him ever before you, in praise and adoration, while your own spirit experiences renewal in His presence, through your every remembrance and proclamation of the greatness of the Lord. David wrote, “On the glorious splendor of Your majesty and on Your wonderful works, I will meditate” (Verse 5). This is how to prepare for, and continue in, extolling the Lord. If praises are not immediately flying from your spirit t

I Will Bless Your Name Forever And Ever

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “I will extol You, my God, O King, and I will bless Your name forever and ever.” Every day I will bless You, and I will praise Your name forever and ever. Great is the Lord and highly to be praised” Psalm 145:1-3 In this last of David’s Psalms we see that his outlook upon his Lord remained consistent throughout all of his years. David’s first love was the Lord and, because of that simple, complete, singular, profound truth, David loved to be in the presence of his God, Whom he loved, as often as possible. As you and I practice our priesthood before our God on an “every day” basis, like David did, soon our first thought, our blessed default first thou

We Are Blessed, Chosen, and Brought Near To Dwell With God

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “How blessed is the one whom You choose and bring near to You to dwell in Your courts. We will be satisfied with the goodness of Your house, Your holy temple” Psalm 65:4 O Lord, thank You for blessing us, and choosing us, and bringing us near to You, so that we may dwell with You in Your courts. In Your courts we are satisfied, O Lord our God, and in Your courts we will continue to be satisfied for we have tasted the goodness of Your house. We have tasted and seen that You are good and we praise Your holy name Abba Father. May we never forget that You have blessed, chosen, and brought us near to You, so we may dwell with You and be satisfied with Yo

Satisfied With God’s Goodness

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “How blessed is the one whom You choose and bring near to You to dwell in Your courts. We will be satisfied with the goodness of Your house, Your holy temple” Psalm 65:4 God’s goodness is here right now to satisfy you. I believe David was already satisfied with the goodness of God’s house, through his years of ministering to the Lord. So it was easy for him to continue with this confident confession, based upon his experience, “We will be satisfied with the goodness of Your house.” In the 34th Psalm David had entreated people, writing “O taste and see that the Lord is good; how blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!” (Psalm 34: 8). When David mi

We Are Blessed To Be Brought “Near To You”

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “How blessed is the one whom You choose and bring near to You to dwell in Your courts. We will be satisfied with the goodness of Your house, Your holy temple” Psalm 65:4 “How blessed” are you this day, beloved of God? Praise God! Yes, to be a priest unto our Lord, chosen by Him, to dwell in His courts, “near to You,”is a great, great blessing that each of us have already been given in Jesus Christ, Who “has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father” (Revelation 1:6). God has graciously chosen us and has blessed us with our priesthood in Him. Every time we enter His courts to minister to our Lord, it is the Holy Spirit within us entreatin

Our Most Blessed Assignment

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “Then on that day David first assigned Asaph and his relatives to give thanks to the Lord” 1 Chronicles 16:17 David blessed Asaph, the Levite, and his family by assigning them to be special priests unto the Lord, in His presence, to minister to Him and “to give thanks to the Lord.” You and I have been given this same blessed assignment, to be “built up a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ” (1 Peter 2:5). Asaph, who himself went on to author twelve of the Psalms (50, 73-83) wrote this, as he was in the Spirit of God, in his first psalm, “He who offers a sacrifice of thanksgivi

Celebrating, Thanking, and Praising Our Lord God

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “When David had finished offering the burnt offering and the peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the Lord. He appointed some of the Levites as ministers before the ark of the Lord, even to celebrate and to thank and praise the Lord God” 1 Chronicles 16:2&4 In this account, from the book of Chronicles, concerning bringing the ark of God into the city of David, we see in even further detail how David was conducting himself more as a priest unto God than as a king upon this day. David was offering sacrifices with the priests. David spoke a blessing over the people “in the name of the Lord” as a priest. And look at this; David even appo

Distinguishing Your True Self In God’s Presence

Today’s Word of Encouragement From Wayne: “When David returned to bless his household, Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David and said, ‘How the king of Israel distinguished himself today! He uncovered himself today in the eyes of his servants’ maids as one of the foolish ones shamelessly uncovers himself.’ So David said to Michal, ‘It was before the Lord’” 2 Samuel 6:20-21 When you and I minister to our Lord we do distinguish ourselves, in God’s presence, as being before our Lord as priests to worship him. When David danced before the Lord with all his might, dressed in the basic linen ephod of a priest, “it was before the Lord” and not before man that he danced, as far as he wa

Ministering To The Lord Is Foolishness To Worldly Religion

Today’s Word of Encouragement from Wayne: “Then it happened as the ark of the Lord came into the city of David that Michal the daughter of Saul looked out of the window and saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord; and she despised him in her heart” 2 Samuel 6:16 A spiritual Christian has a spiritual identity. A worldly Christian (which is actually an oxymoron) has a worldly identity. When David danced before the Lord, he was dressed as a simple priest and this was his spiritual identity. His wife, Michal, preferred David the mighty and dashing warrior, whom she fell in love with. So when she saw her husband “dancing before the Lord, she despised him in her heart.” This same strugg

About 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 had been as anointed king of Israel by Samuel, 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

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 both our “King of Kings” (Revelation 19: 16) and our “merciful and faithful High Priest” (Hebrews 2: 17). David was a

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 on this very special occasion. David could have come with all the pomp of kingship. But instead, David came as a humble mi

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. David believed that if one would truly “taste and see” God’s goodness, then this would create a continuing desire to lead that individual further into God’s “refuge” presence. For it is actually within our “refuge” of God, Himself, that we do directly “taste and see” just how good our God is! “Taste and see” means to experience, realize, and understand “that the Lord is good.” When we “taste and see that the

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