One thing I have asked of the Lord, and that I will seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord [in His presence] all the days of my life,
One of the hallmarks of dedicated people throughout the Bible was their dedication or addiction to the House of God. From our anchor scripture, the Bible reveals that David was so passionate for God’s Presence and that was the only desire of His life. There was one thing David desired of the Lord in his life time, and this was to dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of his life. That “one thing” was spending time with God and was willing to look to Him for everything he ever needed. It was the “seek first the Kingdom of God” strategy that led to the rest of fulfillment in his life. The urgency of our needs will determine the fervency of our asking. David was desperate in his need for God, therefore he said in Psalm 42:1 “As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.” For David, there is only one thing that sums up his entire life and his kingship. and that was intimacy with God.
Our desire for a thing spurs us to ask the one we believe can give it to us. However, the price we are willing to pay for what we want, determines whether we are going to get what we desire. Paul desired to know Christ and so he regarded as nothing those things that should have been to his advantage. He suffered a great deal, even to the point of death so that he may gain Christ(Philippians 3:7-10). Many instead of asking for things of eternal value, all they are interested in asking for are peanuts like Esau who wanted food instead of the right of the firstborn. When God asked Solomon in 1 Kings 3 to ask for anything he wanted, he asked for a discerning heart to govern God’s people and to distinguish between right and wrong. And the Bible says “the Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this and gave Solomon what he asked for and what he did not asked for – both wealth and honor. When Elijah was to be translated, he asked his disciple – Elisha what he wanted. Elisha did not wink his eyes before he handed his request to his master – a double portion of Elijah’s anointing. He got it because he knew what he wanted, why he wanted it and when he wanted it(2 Kings 2:9-10)
Beloved, desire and desperation are the first requirements in the pursuit of an intimate relationship with God. Those who know the Lord have a sense of desperation for fellowship with Him. It has been said that where there is a will, there must be a way. As David made up his mind to seek and pursue after God, be also determined to pursue after God because when you have a desire, you will seek to fulfil that desire. Study the Bible by constant meditation on God’s Word to show yourself approved unto God. Declare to live for Jesus day after day and be planted in the House of God for it is not a waste of time or life. Today, develop a buoyant spirit by living a life of consistent prayer and intimacy with God and your reward will be extraordinary on earth, in Heaven, now and through all eternity. God is asking you this day: “What do you want?” It is time to pray and tell God what you want. May the Lord grant you your request today in Jesus’ Name.
O LORD, I ask for a deep hunger for You, draw me closer for a deep intimacy with You in Jesus’ Name.