How Spending Time with the Lord in the Morning Refreshes Him and Supplies Us

In Psalm 110 there’s a marvelous record of the drinking Christ, the fighting Christ, the Victorious Christ, and the Christ who is both the High Priest (according to the order of Melchizedek) and the King (the scepter is between His legs).

What is more striking in this chapter is that there’s a call for being those who refresh Christ by being the morning dew to Him. We need to be the young men who are willingly offering ourselves to Him for His purpose – specifically, those who are “in the womb of the dawn” to be refreshing to Him.

If we do not rise up early in the morning, we will miss the opportunity to enter into the womb of the morning to be made dew for Christ’s watering. Instead of being watered, He will be dry and we also will be dry. I hope that we all, especially the young people, will see that here Christ likens Himself to a plant that needs the mild, soft, gentle dew. May we respond to Him by saying, “Lord Jesus, I want to be the dew conceived and produced by the womb of the morning for You to be watered.” (Witness Lee, Life-study of the Psalms, msg. 38).

In the Bible and in our Christian experience there’s the principle of waking up a bit earlier in the morning so that we may spend time with the Lord. Many Christians love the Lord, and they pay the price to “overcome the love for their bed” by waking up earlier to spend time with the Lord they love.

But have you ever thought that our spending time with the Lord in the morning is not merely for our nourishment, supply, and satisfaction, but it is also for Him to be refreshed, supplied, and watered?

As we touch the Lord and fellowship with Him, as we open our whole being to Him in our time with Him, we drink from Him as the fountain of living waters and our thirst is quenched, our inner man is nourished, and our mind is reconstituted with His living words. At the same time, Christ drinks from us and He is refreshed and watered.

Our time with the Lord early in the morning, our spiritual morning watch, can be something that both supplies us and waters Him! As He is fighting the spiritual warfare to defeat God’s enemies and bring in the kingdom of God, Christ needs us to spend time with Him: He needs us to “enter into the womb of the dawn” and be produced as the dew that is so gentle, fresh, and watering to Him. How wonderful!

Read more on this topic via today’s blog post at entitled, Offering Ourselves Willingly to the Lord and Becoming the Morning Dew to Refresh Him


college-age conference sharing – on our Christian Journey, Lord, make us willing to consecrate ourselves for God’s Building

Our Christian Life is a journey. It begins with our exodus from Egypt and our crossing of the Red Sea. But it doesn’t end there. Rather, our salvation and our baptism were only the beginning of a life long journey with the Lord. So let us not stop or wander forever in the wilderness but press on towards the goal – our destination, which is the tabernacle – God’s Building.

The type of the tabernacle in the Old Testament is a marvelous picture of God’s heart’s desire, showing us in detail what He wants. The first section of the tabernacle is ‘the outer court’ in which we see ‘the altar of the burnt offering’ and ‘the laver’ which we must pass through before the entrance into the tent of meeting. God desires a building and for this He needs building materials. However, we in ourselves are inadequate – we are materials unfit for God’s building. So as we come to the ‘the laver’ we are exposed to see who we really are. God brings us to the point where we realise that we are ‘hopeless cases’. This realisation will cause us to put ourselves on ‘the altar’ so that our self can be burnt away with fire from God. This experience of the cross qualifies us to proceed further so that Christ can replace us with Himself. All this can be done if we are willing. God wants to fill us but He never forces Himself on us. Are you willing to lay yourself on the altar, for the Lord’s sake, for the Lord’s building? Psalms 110:3 says ‘Your people will offer themselves willingly, In the day of your warfare, In the splendor of their consecration‘. The real significance of ‘the altar of the burnt offering’ is our consecration. The Lord wants to make His home in our hearts and He wants to transform us into spiritual stones for His building, but for this we must willingly offer ourselves to the Lord. ‘Lord make us willing’.

The fire at the altar must never go out – it continues for our entire life! This continual experience of a life on the altar is the entrance for God to come in and enter into man. After this kind of experiences at ‘the outer court’ we must go still further, into ‘the Holy Place’, and then all the way into ‘the Holy of Holies’.

The ultimate purpose of the tabernacle in our experience is that we would be ushered into ‘the Holy of Holies’ – our spirit – to become the dwelling place of God.

Within the Holy of Holies is the ark of the testimony which we experience “in the innermost way to become the enlargement and expansion of Christ“. This is what God desires. Furthermore, the ark was 2.5 cubits in length, 1.5 cubits wide, and 1.5 cubits high – the dimensions of the ark reveal God’s intention, they signify a half of five / three. What does this mean? While we in ourselves are worth nothing, we are worth something to Christ. He has an urgent need for the Body of Christ – the Church. Without the Church, Christ was no way to carry out His will. Through the subjective experiences shown in the type of the tabernacle we become part of God’s building – Christ and the Church.[sharing from the recent college-age conference in London, UK, by brother Oliver]

college age conference testimony – seeing a vision of God’s building, the mingling of God and man

Have you ever considered that God has a heart’s desire? This is what’s on His heart, this is what He is after. God’s heart’s desire is to have His building (Exo. 25:8). This building is not a school, a factory, a chapel or some kind of physical building but a group of people who are constituted with and by the Lord. This building is also the goal of God’s complete salvation! God’s chosen people are saved all the way from their fallen condition to become God’s dwelling place, that is, God’s building (Eph. 2:21-22).

In order for us to see the vision of God’s building, we need to be brought into intimate fellowship with God under a clear sky and remain with God under His glory on the mountain of God (Heb 8:5, Exo 24:9-18). Moses was on the mountaintop being infused with God under His glory, remaining with Him to receive the divine instructions for the building of the tabernacle. Lord, lead us higher up the mountain to have such a fellowship with You! Moreover, God’s ultimate desire, as typified by the heavenly pattern of the tabernacle, is that we would “come forward to the Holy of Holies” and experience Christ in the deepest and most intimate way to become the dwelling place of God! (Heb 10:22; 3:6). This all requires that we would be willing – Lord make us willing! We need to consecrate ourselves to the Lord, and offer ourselves willingly (Psa. 110:3).

This is where we see the vision of God’s dwelling – in our mingled spirit! We need to be those living in our spirit and who are ushered into the experiences of Christ to become the building of God (1 Cor 3:9, 1 Pet 2:5). Praise the Lord for this mingling of God and man to become the corporate expression and enlargement of God! We are built into God and God is built into us so that we may become the dwelling place of God in the universe, the eternal tabernacle, the New Jerusalem (Rev 21:2-3). We need to have this vision. [guest post: sharing from the Fall College-Age Conference in UK by brother Elliot.]