Preferring God’s Presence

March 15, 2019

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 man after God’s own heart, so it is not surprising for us to see David worshiping as he did, completely before the Lord, aware only of His God. As he was before the Lord in spirit he was simultaneously revealing, prophetically in the Spirit, the heart and purpose of Messiah, to become our own King and High Priest.

 

When we are after the heart of God, like David, then we minister to God, like David, for this is where the heart of God lives. We touch, fellowship with, and are transformed by the heart of our Lord when we are ministering to Him before His presence, as David did.

 

David was king of Israel and Jesus is our King of Kings. David preferred being in God’s presence “to behold the beauty of the Lord” (Psalm 27: 4). And Jesus, our High Priest, is always beholding the beauty of the Lord, for Scripture says of Him, “He always lives to make intercession for them [meaning us]. For it was fitting for us to have such a high priest (Hebrews 7: 25-26). Jesus, our King and High Priest forever, always intercedes for us in the beauty of the Lord.

 

Jesus our King, praise His holy name, prefers to be in our Father’s presence, as our High Priest.

 

Amazingly, in Abba Father’s presence, Jesus our Kingly High Priest is interceding for us, even now.

 

Oh praise the name of our King Jesus and let us join with Him, in God’s presence, as priests unto our Lord. Yes, let us also this day receive the blessing of preferring to be in the presence of God, with all our might, even as David did. Behold His beauty and praise Him today, beloved of God! Hallelujah!

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