Monday, June 06, 2016

[What's The] One Thing You Desire?

Memory Verse: "One thing I have asked from the LORD, that I shall seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD and to meditate in His temple." (Ps.27:4, NASB)

Scripture Reading: Ps.27:1-14.

Sweetheart, if God asked you what the one thing you desire that is more important to you, what would your answer be? Riches? Relationships? Experiences? Achievements? Praise? Appreciation? Pleasures? Health? Sex? Marriage? Children?

In this Psalm, David gave his answer. He said that there was only one thing that he asked from God: that he would dwell in His house "all the days of my life." In this place his life could be overwhelmed with God's presence. There, he could behold His beauty and "meditate in His temple."

God's presence was so important to David that this was what he desired more than anything else. David knew that everything changed when he was with God. He knew that He would give him peace, wisdom, and a deep, supernatural satisfaction that passed understanding. And he knew that in His presence David experienced "fullness of joy" and "pleasures forever"- Ps.16:11.

David also depended on God for protection. In times of trouble, he knew that we can be tempted to rely on armies or weapons, or escape to a guarded fortress. But David knew that being with God is the safest place to be. He promises to conceal us, hide us, and even lift us "up on a rock."

In your life, remember that the things of this world can only provide temporary rewards, and short-term satisfaction. They may provide relief, but none of their benefits last.

Instead, set your heart on spending time with God. Listen to His voice. Read His Word. Learn the principles that help you experience victory. Worship Him. Spend time in prayer. In His presence, He will give you His assurance and protection. And He will give you fullness of joy and pleasures forever.

Ponder Point: God is most glorified with us when we are most satisfied in Him.

Action Point: More than anything else, seek God's presence more than anything else.

Prayer Point: Father, empower me to  seek You with my whole heart. Create a hunger in me to know You more deeply and to spend time in Your presence in Jesus name, Amen.

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