” I have asked one thing from the Lord; it is what I desire: to dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, gazing on the beauty of the Lord and seeking Him in His temple. “- Psalm 27:4
We seek after many things. What we seek after reveals our heart and our values. Our priorities also reflect what we care most about.
In Psalm 27, David opens up his heart to us allowing us to see what mattered most to him. Surprisingly, David makes no mention of all the territories he would like to conquer, no mention of a perfect spouse, no mention of possessions. Instead he mentions one thing. One thing the king desires above all things of this world: “to dwell in the house of the Lord, to gaze on his beauty and seek Him”.
As I read those words, my heart too desires to seek the Lord. David’s words reveal the depth of his soul, a desire that burns within him, a thirst for something more, something pure and true. Oh that our hearts would seek after God with such passion and hunger!
Though David had been anointed to be king, his deepest desire remained for God; to see the Lord face to face, be close to Him, and remain in His sanctuary. Where the presence of the Lord was, that is where David longed to abide.
If you should make an inventory of your life, take a look at your schedule, observe what consumes your time, what would you see? Would you conclude that you have forfeited meetings, sacrificed activities for the pure delight of being at the feet of Jesus? Would your life reveal that you put God first? Would your mornings reveal a sacred encounter with the Lord before you encounter the rest of the world or open your cellular phone? Would the hosts of heavenly angels testify that you seek the most High throughout the day fully leaning onto Him?
God desires our worship. Like David, we should be all too pleased and eager to give God all of our worship. There are many things that can be considered important in this world but remember, “one thing only is essential” (Luke 10:42a MSG). Are you choosing this one thing? Is your heart yearning to contemplate the beauty of the Lord?
Today, I encourage you to revisit your priorities, revisit how you’d like to encounter the Lord. If you are always in a hurry when you’re with God or if your heart is not totally devoted, you cannot gaze on His beauty. One moment with God is more valuable than ten thousand with the world.
Guide through prayer
- Praise God for who He is to you
- Tell God for what He means to you
- Pray that the Lord will help you seek Him in spirit and in truth
- Ask God to help you re-prioritize your life and show you what is essential
- Ask God to reveal any distractions that might be consuming your time
- Ask for a heart to know God and His will
- Invite God to abide in you
1 Corinthians 16:11
1 Chronicles 16:10