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One Thing I Ask…This is What I Seek

One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: 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 seek him in his temple” (Psa. 27:4).

David reveals an important truth to us when it comes to having God’s blessings for our lives. What we ask of God should be that which we seek from him as well. David certainly desired to have a close relationship with God. He knew of the blessings God had given him through his life, and he petitioned God to continue those helps and strengths he had provided him. However, he knew his part in this was to make it his goal, to pursue after it. The word seek literally means something required, so, to seek, to devote oneself to obtain. It was also used of seeking someone’s presence, such as the Lord. Daniel as well said of himself, “Then I turned my face to the Lord God, seeking him by prayer and pleas for mercy with fasting and sackcloth and ashes” (Dan. 9:3).

David too understood this principle. That which is important to us, which we sincerely desire, which we want God to provide for us, should also be that which we pursue ourselves. Here he prays to God regarding having a renewed relationship with him, in offering sacrifices (27:6), singing his praises (27:6), and crying out to him (27:7). When God asked David to seek his face, David’s response was, “My heart says to you, ‘Your face, Lord, do I seek’” (27:8). David reveals the secret of a deep and intimate relationship with God, where God fills us with his richest blessings. If we humble ourselves before God, and seek those things God commends to us, we find what we really need for life.

James emphasized this same principle for those of us who live by the gospel. Do we want a greater victory over sin? “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (4:7). Do you want a closer relationship with God? “Come near to God and he will come near to you” (4:8). Do you want God to lift you up? “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up” (4:10).

It’s no wonder Satan does everything he can to separate us from God. How does he try to do that? By using the flesh as an appeal to seek after everything but God. We somehow become convinced that God isn’t interested in our devotion, and will provide us what we want without diligently seeking him and his will for us. Without a real commitment to follow God, he is unable to lead us to where true blessings exist. Following Satan, we lose our way, and follow those things that only winding up hurting us. “You ask and don't receive because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it on your pleasures” (Jas. 4:3).

What should we ask of the Lord, and to seek with all that is in us? A relationship with him that will last for eternity. If we never forget that this is what we were created for, what we are to live life for, then what a difference it makes on both our motives and lifestyle. There is beauty in our Lord, seen in his love for us, his help to us, his future waiting on us. May we seek the spiritual to find all that is best for us today. “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10).

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice.”

Robert Johnson