One Thing I Seek.
What one thing do you consider more important than everything else? What do you spend your time, energy and emotions on? For me, my honest answer usually is my family. God has given me the incredible responsibility of tending to my family. I have the joy of coming alongside my kind and loving husband and being his helper. I have the delight of getting to love and train my children as they grow. I’m blessed to have wonderful extended family that we get to keep in touch with and care for from across the globe. Our “family” is beginning to grow as we look forward to bringing people into our home for fellowship and ministry. The children at MCM will quickly become family as they are already dear to our heart. All of these relationships are God-given gifts that should have high priority in my life. However, may my focus not be on the gifts rather than the giver.
Psalm 27:4 struck me this week. It says, “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.”
How often do I come to the Lord asking Him to give me wisdom, strength and grace as I tend to the needs of my family? It’s quite often. How often do I come to the Lord asking Him to give me His presence? Far less often, I’m afraid. David’s approach was different. He said he only asked one thing from the Lord. That was simply His presence. David was content, in the midst of all the chaos he faced, with simply being in God’s presence. The house of the Lord, where David could bask in the beauty of Christ, was His most precious gift.
If I adopted David’s theology, how would my life change? One thing is certain. I would experience a huge change in perspective. Instead of having a “me” or “us” centered perspective I’d have a Christ-centered perspective. Simply taking my focus off of me and my family, and placing it on Christ changes everything. When experiencing the beauty of His presence is what I seek, I will find it! The joy I experience will be far deeper, long-lasting, and soul satisfying than even the joy my family brings. Christ alone can fill every void, meet every need, and answer every question. When I come into His presence I get to experience His love that is “better than life.”
David also says in Psalm 63, “O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly; My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You, In a dry and weary land where there is no water. Thus I have seen You in the sanctuary, To see Your power and Your glory. Because Your lovingkindness is better than life, My lips will praise You.”
I love how the NASB uses the word “thus”, to signal the connection David is making. Because David earnestly sought the Lord, he received the unmatchable blessing of seeing God’s power and glory in the sanctuary. My prayer is that the Lord will immediately convict me when I seek His gifts more than I seek Him. His lovingkindess is better than anything in this life, and He deserves to be praised. I pray that you will seek Him this week and receive the greatest gift, His glorious presence.