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

Let God Strengthen You 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 believe it was actually through David’s consistent taking refuge in God and expressing “I love You, O Lord” in His presence, that he was blessed to get to know God in all of these ways. You and I today, as priests unto God (1 Peter 2: 5-9, Revelation 1:5-6), are free to and

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 same love for “the habitation of Your house” that David expressed in this psalm, because His house now lives within you! We are a temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 3:16, 2 Corinthians 6:16) 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 i

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 our 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, w

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 Beloved child of God, sing praises to God “O my strength” and you will be strengthening yourself in the Lord! Once we have entered the presence of our Lord, as priests to minister to our God, which always 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 our praise. We worship God for Who He is and for what He has done. Count your blessings bef

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 is that when we enter a time of ministering to the Lord, there is a specific focus and understanding which we possess, regarding our identity as priests unto God. We accept and realize that Jesus Christ “has made us to be a kingdom, priests to His God and Father” (Revelation 1:6). Yes, we have become God’s Own “royal priesthood” (1 Peter 2:9) in this day. So, when we enter our “inner court” which, according to the pattern in the Old Testament, was next to the “Holy of H

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

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