One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after. Psalm 27:4
How would you finish this verse from Psalm 27? If you had to boil down the greatest desire and longing of your heart to just “one thing,” how would you summarize it? If only a single sentence could be spoken of you at the end of your life, what would you want it to be?
Our response to these questions offers an explanation for much of what we do—our choices, our priorities, our use of time, the way we spend our money, the way we respond to pressure, whom or what we love. So it’s worth thinking about. Our “one thing” matters.
King David landed on the following answer: If I could only ask the Lord for one thing, it would be this—“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.” His number-one priority was to live in the presence of the Lord, so that he could look on His splendor and glory and learn the heart and ways of the Almighty.
And, no, David didn’t do it perfectly. He blew it in some of the most crucial relationships of his life. But because the Lord had placed this passion in his heart, his Lover-God would not let him go. With a confronting, convicting, cleansing love, God continued to pursue and restore him.
One might have wondered at points, Why does God bother with a guy like David? The same reason He bothers with any of us—because He is a Lover in pursuit of relationship. And because His love for unlovable sinners puts His amazing grace on display. Even when we fail to live the “one thing” we most desire, we can be assured our God will keep working—stripping us of lesser loves, drawing us to Himself—till He becomes our sole consuming desire.
Try writing out your “one thing” response, and put it in a place where you can be reminded of it throughout the year ahead.
Excerpted from The Quiet Place: Daily Devotional Readings by Nancy Leigh DeMoss. Used with permission.
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NANCY DEMOSS WOLGEMUTH
Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth has touched the lives of millions of women through Revive Our Hearts and the True Woman movement, calling them to heart revival and biblical womanhood. Her love for Christ and His Word is infectious, and permeates her online outreaches, conference messages, books, and two daily nationally syndicated radio programs—Revive Our Hearts and Seeking Him.