One Thing Have I Desired (Psalm 27:4-5)
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. For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion. In the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me. He shall set me high upon a rock. ”
The One Thing: In a culture and time of multiple focusing, David shows us the secret to his success – pursuing the “One Thing”. He sought the Lord with all His heart and made Him the priority of his life. Life today is full of pressures which draw us from one thing to the other, and make us divide our attention to multiple causes, goals, desires and decisions. David fixed his gaze on the Lord despite all the distractions that existed in his life. He was the king of a nation and had other nations subject to him. He was also the father of a big family. He was probably constantly beset by the demands of state and family, and the need to strategize in war and in the affairs of government. However, he kept his eyes on the real King and pursued the One thing. He sought to live in the presence of the Lord every day and all day. David was a worshipper and knew that when he worshipped his King, he experienced His presence; when he sought the face of God, he found Him and experienced the glory and beauty of the Lord. Communicating with His Maker (“to inquire in His temple”) and basking in His presence was the top priority of David’s life! He had no doubts that when he sought the Kingdom of the Lord and His righteousness everything else would be added unto him. (Matthew 6:33), because he received divine direction and heavenly downloads when in the Presence.
David had a history with God. He said “In the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion”. David had been a worshipper of God from his youth. As a young shepherd boy, he spent several solitary hours daily in worship with his harp, and the songs the Holy Spirit stirred in his heart as he watched his sheep. It was during these times spent with God that he developed an intimacy with the Father and learnt a reliance on Him which only comes with time. When he overcame a bear and slew a lion, it was the outflow of the strength that filled him during his times of closeness with the Spirit of God. David knew that God was by his side in the good times but also with him mightily if trouble arose. He had tasted and seen that the Lord is good. He knew that He had a place in the arms of the Lord, a secret place, and it was not only when trouble arose that David called on the name of the Lord. He had a constant relationship with God and built on it daily as He sought the One Thing always – the presence of the Lord.
The covering of the Lord: Because David always lived in the Presence, troubled times were no different to good ones for him; he was in the hands of the Lord, covered and surrounded by the omni-protection of the Almighty, hidden in the secret place of the Lord most High. Although things got bad around him and his enemies were rising up against him, David did not feel the full force of their wrath, or the pain of the situations he experienced because he was hidden in the presence of the Lord and shielded on all sides. He wrote in Psalm 46:1-2 “God is our refuge and our strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, even though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea.” David felt the presence of the Lord more in times of trouble than in good times! The inner pavilion of an Eastern king was only to be accessed by his inner circle of advisers and friends, and we see that David counted himself a friend of God, hidden in the inner place which his enemies could not access. Similarly, the tabernacle was symbolic of the Presence, and David affirms that he was completely safe and hidden in the living presence of the Living Lord! He was above the turbulent and stormy waters. He was above the soulish pain and the physical difficulties of this earthly life. He was on a higher plane, ruling and reigning with Christ in heavenly places (Ephesians 2:6), standing on Christ the solid Rock.
Dear friend, by the power of the Holy Spirit, the Father calls you to walk into your inheritance and receive all the power that is yours today. It is power for overcoming every challenging life situation and every attack of the enemy. It is your right and inheritance in the Lord Jesus Christ through His shed blood and the fullness of His Spirit. It is the power that comes when you make Jesus your primary focus and seek after His presence with all of your heart. His presence shields you, surrounds you and fills you with peace and power. His presence hides you and keeps you close to His heart.
You may be facing some pain or difficulty in your life, but you can overcome, in the mighty name of Jesus. Resolve to live like David did, and to climb upon the solid rock of Jesus. He is our refuge and our strength. He is our very present help in times of trouble. We can enter His presence through worship and prayer. We can stay in tune with Him, and learn to live there.
God loves you and longs to fill your life with His presence and His power. He wants you to know the sweetness of His love as you worship your way into victory as David did. “Lord Jesus, fill my life with your presence and let me live to long for you. Today:
• I decide to pursue the “One thing”.
• I purpose to live in the Presence.
• I will make my own history with God
and stand on it.
• I receive the covering of the Lord as I
dwell in Him.
I thank you Jesus – I am Yours and You are mine”!
Minoli Haththotuwa, 03 September 2012
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