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"
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 strengthening yourself in the Lord when you do this.
"O my strength, I will sing praises to you." This is what David declared. Why was David singing praises to God and calling Him "O my strength?" He was strengthening himself in the Lord during a difficult time (Psalm 59 begins with David saying "Deliver me from my enemies O my God"). "God is my stronghold," David proclaimed and, in Jesus Christ, God has become our tower of strength, our stronghold, for all that we face in life. "The God who shows me lovingkindness."
In God’s presence we are graced to behold His nature ("to behold the beauty of the Lord" as David wrote in Psalm 27:4), and God’s nature is one of pure lovingkindness to His Own beloved children. Yes beloved, minister to your Lord this day, for He is good, He is worthy, He is beautiful, He is "O my strength," and understand that every time you enter His presence, confessing Him, you are strengthening yourself in the Lord your God. Hallelujah!