Wednesday, December 03, 2008

ONE THING - After God's Heart

"One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I 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 inquire in His temple" (Psalm 27:4).

David's primary occupation was to seek God and His beauty. God declared David to be a man after His own heart (1 Samuel 13:14). Imagine that? Wouldn't you love for God to say that about you? I know I would. David sought God when he was young and when he was old. He sought after Him when he was a young shepherd boy, praying and worshipping him in the fields where there was no human audience. He sought after God when he was a king and military leader when he was busy with responsibility and pressure. David sought after God's heart during times of victory and times of testing. It was the goal and focus of his life. Perhaps we could say that David was on a lifelong treasure hunt to discover the beauty of God - to find out the commands of God's heart and to fully obey them - to study God's emotions and encounter Him in intimacy - to discover the purposes of God's heart and contend in prayer for a breakthrough. David was one who loved to be in God's house. He even raised up 4,000 musicians and 288 singers to worship God in His house (1 Chronicles 23:5, 25:7).

David knew how to tap into the most important thing in life. Let us look at the examples of David through the Book of Psalm :

"O God You are my God. Early will I seek You. My soul thirsts for you. My flesh longs for You ..." Psalm 63:1 (NKJV)

"My soul follows close behind you ..." Psalm 63:8 (NKJV)

"Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You." Psalm 73:25 (NKJV)

"As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God." Psalm 42:1 (NKJV)

"Lord, I have loved the habitation of Your house, and the place where Your glory dwells." Psalm 26:8 (NKJV)

"How lovely is Your tabernacle, O Lord of hosts! My Soul longs, yes even faints for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God." Psalm 84:1-2 (NKJV)

"For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand ..." Psalm 84:10 (NKJV)

What is the primary ambition in your Christian walk & ministry? Your answer can make the difference between success or failure, strength or powerlessness, hope or defeat. David chose only ONE THING - to behold the beauty of the Lord. David was a Lifestyle Worshipper. What about you?

"I believe strongly that one thing the devil seeks to do is to sneak in and subtly distract our attention from the purity and simplicity of loving God. He doesn't mind if we exalt revival, healing, or anything else, as long as we lose our focus on the simplicity of heart-level lavish devotion to the Son of God." Mike Bickle - Director of International House of Prayer

Be a God chaser


Anonymous said...

Great Stuff Ricky! We were just today talking about Kind David in our new class...To Love and Seek The Lord, there is NO Better Desire!

Grace and Peace to you My Brother! Have a Great week!

Rob - USA

Esther Wong said...

Hi Ricky,
I was drawn to your blog as this subject on "ONE THING" kept coming at me recently. And now from you too. The SINGLE CORE DESIRE OF OUR SOUL - what would that ONE THING be? Luke 10:42 - only ONE THING is needed, Mary has chosen what is better - and that is to seek the Lord above all things and wait upon Him all the days of our lives instead of living hurried lives fulfilling what we think is necessary. I have chosen the theme "One Thing" for my cell-group's year end Reflect and Resolve session and it is happening tonight. I hope to share some of your thots with the group too. God Bless!

Esther Wong

TPWC said...

Hi Esther,

Thanks for your comments. I am very sure your cell will explode in a new spiritual dimension as you choose the footsteps of "Mary with the theme- One Thing" as your New Year Goal!