Today’s Reading: 1 Samuel 13, Jeremiah 50, Romans 11, Psalm 27-28.
Psalm 27:4 says, “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.”
Of all the things to ask God for, David chose this one. In my heart, I know it is right and good to do so. But I have to ask “WHY?” Why would David ask that as THE ONE thing?
I mean, obviously David had an issue with lust. Why not ask God to take that away?
We know David had family issues. Why not ask for intervention there? What parent doesn’t want their kids to get along?
We know David had his share of enemies. How about asking God for more people to like him?
Or, what about world peace?
Or, how about asking God to rescue all the orphans?
Why not racial integration?
He could have at least asked God to help El Dorado get a Chick-Fil-A or Starbucks! I mean, geez, how selfish can a guy be?
He asks for this one thing: to dwell in the presence of God, gazing upon His beauty.
Wasn’t David gonna do that in heaven anyway? I mean, he had FOREVER to do that post-death. Why not ask for something a little more . . . ummm. . . practical?
I think we get a small hint in the very next chapter. Psalm 28:8 says, “The Lord is the strength of his people; he is the saving refuge of his anointed.”
Could it be that David knew something we desperately need to know?
Dwelling in God’s presence, beholding His majesty is ultimate. It is the highest privilege and final aim for any human being. It doesn’t mean the other requests we have don’t go away or that we don’t want them answered. But it does mean when we are beholding the glory of the Lord the other things are put in their proper perspective. David knew that the Lord is the strength of His people. THE LORD is the strength of His people . . . not more stuff or power or wealth or family harmony.
David asking God this one thing did not mean David didn’t want God to ignore his other issues. It just meant he knew he needed the other issues to be put in a different and better perspective.
Or, to quote a song I heard once: “And the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glorious face.”
Or even the prayer by Jesus. Perhaps you’ve heard of it? “Our Father, who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your Name.” Ever wondered why Jesus told us to start our prayers with the “Hallowing” of God’s great Name?
It’s not wrong to ask God for other “stuff” (okay, perhaps the Chick-Fil-A and Starbucks things is taking it a bit too far, but . . . nah – it’s not), but perhaps we simply are wasting our time when we forget the massively important task and privilege to behold the glory and power and beauty and majesty of God. HE is the strength of His people. His splendor gives His children unbelievable confidence and joy and peace and life and satisfaction.
What is your ONE desire today? In Jesus you have access – 24/7 – to God.
Let’s be a people who long for and yearn – above all else – to dwell in the presence of our God, gazing upon His beauty, all the days of our lives.
And then? The things of earth will grow strangely dim.