The One Thing

The one thing I ask of the Lord — the thing I seek most— is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, delighting in the Lord’s perfections and meditating in his Temple.  Psalms 27:4 NLT.

If you were given the opportunity to choose one wish that would be granted, what will it be? The earth is filled with a variety of people so there would be a variety of answers. For some, that would be money; others would ask for health; and the list would go on and on. In most cases, the wish would be connected to the issues in their life. So someone struggling financially would wish for money. There are those who have wealth but not health, they would probably wish for health.

Now it appears that David had his wish, he called it the one thing. That one thing was so important in his life he described it as the thing I seek most.  He desired the presence of God. How can you recognize somebody’s one thing? Well, you can listen to their conversations. David’s conversations pinpointed his one thing. In Psalm 16:11 he said, You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”

It’s easy to see why David was a man chosen by God. Listen how he talked about his God. He wanted to spend his days in the house of the Lord. When we look at him we see a man with issues: issues in his family, issues in his kingdom and he  made some really bad decisions, yet listen to what God says about him in 1 Samuel 13:14,  “But now your kingdom must end, for the Lord has sought out a man after his own heart.”

Here Samuel is telling Saul why God is going to remove him from being king.  Listen to how Paul talks about David: “But God removed Saul and replaced him with David, a man about whom God said, “I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart. He will do everything I want him to do.” Acts 13:22. So that is what made David a man after God’s own heart; he had a heart for God. He desired to be in His presence. Yes, he failed at times but he was the first to admit that he failed.  In spite of all his failures, he desired God’s presence and was a man after God’s own heart.

Thought for Today: Friend, desire God’s presence.

Have a blessed day and walk in faith and victory.

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