One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in his temple.Psalm 27:4
The New Year has begun! It is already passing us by so quickly that we are almost in the second month of the year. Some of us made New Year’s resolutions that, let’s just say, we haven’t gotten around to yet. I’m not one to make resolutions but I did have a goal for myself, it was to start a new workout routine with the addition of a new job. Well, I haven’t quite figured that one out yet, because there are so many demands and “other things” that I must attend to. Sadly, one of my resolutions has already taken a backseat to everything else that is calling my name.
There is one priority and “one thing”, however, that I find myself in desperate need of and in desperate pursuit of- and that is the daily quiet and devotion time with my Lord. I need it, I crave it, and every time I steal away time to be with Him and His word, it is refreshing and rewarding to me.
If you could steal away for just a moment today, ten or fifteen minutes to yourself; no phone, no TV, no children, no spouse, no work, not even ministry, what would be the “one thing” that you would spend your time on? Would it be to scroll through your newsfeed, make your millionth reminder note on your phone, text a friend? Or could you say that your “one thing” would be “One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord all the days of my life and to inquire in his temple”?
I love the fact that David wrote the Psalms and I often find my solace in them because David was so imperfect but he wrote the most beautiful songs to the Lord, yet he is recorded as the man after God’s own heart. Oh, that I would be called a woman after God’s own heart despite my shortcomings and imperfections. My soul’s desire is to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord. To seek Him daily and to one day speak to Him face to face just as Moses. To see Him in His splendor and majesty and to maybe sing Him a song face to face.
You see, Moses was another person who knew the importance of seeking the Lord, getting away from it all and pursuing “one thing”. He was the leader of a nation and had many responsibilities, and yet the Bible records in Exodus 33:7,9 & 11 “Now Moses used to take the tent and pitch it outside the camp, far off from the camp, and he called it the tent of meeting…When Moses entered the tent, the pillar of cloud would descend and stand at the entrance of the tent, and the LORD would speak with Moses. Thus the LORD used to speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend.”
I like what Nancy Leigh Demoss said, “To be transformed by the presence of God, we must not be satisfied with mere head knowledge of God, or with keeping Him at the periphery of our lives. We must be intentional about stepping away from the hubub of our daily lives, to commune with Him, listen to Him, and cultivate an intimate relationship with Him.” She follows that statement with a question, “How often do you linger in the presence of the Lord, without being distracted with your “to-do” list? When can you set aside time to met with Him in the next 24 hours?”
My dear sisters, let our hearts cry be to desire one thing only. This Gospel is not about you and your comforts. The cross was not comfortable. It’s about dying to yourself daily and a willingness to pursue the glory of God at whatever cost possible- even the cost of your own selfish and sinful desires. “To live is Christ, to die is gain.” (Phil 1:21). Christ did not die for a prosperity gospel. He didn’t die for a “feel great about yourself” gospel. He came to be about His Father’s business and to bring Him Glory, even at the cost of His own life on a bloody cross. “And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” (Phil 2:8)
Can we not take the time daily to steal away from the desires of our flesh, drink from the fountain of living water, seek after Him and pursue His Glory no matter the cost? Steal away and talk with Him today, love on Him, find new direction from Him, new strength, new hope, yes hope! This year, find yourself satisfied in “one thing” only.
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