“I’m asking God for one thing,
only one thing:
To live with him in his house
my whole life long.
I’ll contemplate his beauty;
I’ll study at his feet.”
Psalm 27: 4 (MSG)
What one thing have you been asking God for lately?
Truth confession moment…
I have not been asking God for what David asked…
I have been asking for relief from sickness.
I have been asking for monies to stretch.
I have been asking for health for loved ones…for miracles.
I have been asking for a multitude of very small and very big things that seem to fly into my life without warning.
As I have been savoring this verse for the last couple of weeks, I have seen afresh that the one thing…is the best thing.
Actually the one thing…is expressed in three ways…live…contemplate…study.
Eugene Peterson says that this one thing is experienced in three dimensions:
- in the house of the Lord
- in the beauty of the Lord
- at the feet of the Lord
How do I live in light of this one thing…this one very highly esteemed pursuit?
So often I let my senses wander through my home from one end to the other, I see shoes, dishes, laundry, dust, and dog hair everywhere. I hear chatter, laughter and sometimes bickering…well, maybe more than sometimes. I smell candles attempting to mask the aromas that came from the kitchen the evening before…or perhaps a few dirty socks. I feel crumbs under bare feet and I feel warmth not just from the oil heat but from the family I love.
I realize that we are doing life…together. It’s not always clean…it is more often a mess but nonetheless it is a life I have chosen.
How amazing that I can choose to live with a motley crew but also choose to do life with the King of Kings?
I get to be in His Presence…to dwell with Him…all . the . days . of . my . life.
He doesn’t occupy the spare bedroom (even if I had one)…He invades the whole house…making it His House.
I’m asking God one thing…only one thing…to live with him in his house.
Spending time in His Presence can only lead to contemplating His beauty. Stopping all the competing noises and just looking at Him…taking a good long gaze.
The Amplified calls His beauty “the sweet attractiveness and delightful loveliness of the Lord.” Solomon tells us in the third chapter of Ecclesiastes that ” God has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men, yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end.”
Solomon’s last sentence could be summed up…stop trying to figure out what is happening…life doesn’t make a lot of sense many times…but we have no idea what God is doing…no idea…look Him straight in the eyes, don’t drop your gaze…stay there until you see His beauty…He is drop dead gorgeous.
We can’t see it or even perceive it happening but He has the uncanny ability to change our rubble into precious stones. Time spent looking at the Lord takes the multitude of particles that bombard my mind and slowly filters them down to one solid thing…GOD…and Him alone.
I’m asking God one thing…only one thing…to contemplate his beauty.
My life should be a continued study of God…not just opening the Word on my lap but getting down by His feet…to let Him teach me…to be submitted to His Words.
The words study and contemplate intersect one another by each meaning to consider with continued attention or actively consider. I am to continually give my active attention to considering God.
When I open up His Word, how often I come away with more love and reverence for Him. I also come away with more of His Presence…more of His perspective…more of His purpose…more of His peace.
I’m asking God one thing…only one thing…to study at his feet.
I can have an “all or nothing” type personality. I can look at this verse of David’s and think that I must focus on God and deny life…and if I don’t…I fail.
If that were true then perhaps Psalm 27 would be just one verse but it is 14 verses.
This was David’s life:
When evil men advance against me to devour my flesh…
When my enemies and foes attack me…
Though an army besiege me…
Though my father and mother forsake me…
For false witnesses rise up against me, breathing out violence…
This was David’s reality:
The LORD is my light and salvation–whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the stronghold of my life–of whom shall I be afraid?
He will keep me safe in his dwelling…
He will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle and set me high upon a rock.
You have been my helper…
The LORD will receive me…
I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of living.
Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.
In choosing the ONE THING…God takes care of the everything in our lives.
In the midst of the many things that compete for my attention…I can see, feel, hear, touch and taste those things that surround me…but in choosing the one thing despite all the other things…God gives me all things…which is Himself…which is EVERYTHING.
Do life…with God
Be with God…
Meditate on God…
Study up on God…
Ask God for a one thing life…because it is EVERYTHING.