One thing I ask of the LORD…..
On my scenic travels through the Book of poetic songs and prayers called the Psalms, I have found some precious gems that I’d love to share with you. Now when reading Scripture, there are times when some gems lie on the ground staring up at you just waiting to be pocketed. Others need to be dug out with a pick and shovel. Still others need to be mined…..deep, and then tumbled and polished, but the reward is out of this world!
In Psalm 27 we find some majestic gems and I'd like share some with you that I have pocketed.
“The Lord is my light and my salvation - whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life - of whom shall I be afraid?”
Because David had a growing experiential knowledge who the Lord was for him through many varied experiences in his life, he could confidently say that there was no need to fear anything that life could throw at him! …. “Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear, though war break out against me, even then I will be confident.”
Reading the next few verses I have to pause, and ask myself this same question: If I could ask the Lord for one thing, what would it be?
More ____? Better ____? Bigger_____? Healthier _____? You fill in the blanks.
What does David ask for?
“One thing I have asked of the Lord, and that I will seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord [in His presence] all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty [the delightful loveliness and majestic grandeur] of the Lord, and to meditate in His temple.” (AMP)
It’s no wonder that God said of David that he was a man after God’s own heart.
David loved the Lord deeply – with all his heart, intimately. “My heart says of you, “Seek his face! Your face, Lord, I will seek….Though my father and mother forsake me, the Lord will receive me. Teach me your way, Lord; lead me in a straight path because of my oppressors”.
I love David’s anchored confidence. Anchored in who his God is to him, for him and through him. “I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for and confidently expect the Lord; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for and confidently expect the Lord.”
Where does your security lie?
Of what, or of whom are you afraid?
“Royalty is my identity, servanthood is my assignment,
and intimacy is my life source.”