Friday, April 13, 2012

One Thing Have I Asked...

Before reading, just take a moment and take in the magnitude of our God.

I have a crazy amount of glee over what I just read in the Word this morning.  I was not going to post today, but this Psalm yearns to be shared...

The LORD is my light and my salvation;
whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the stronghold of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid?
When evildoers assail me
to eat up my flesh,
my adversaries and foes,
it is they who stumble and fall.
Though an army encamp against me,
my heart shall not fear;
though war arise against me,
yet I will be confident.
One thing have I asked of the LORD,
that will I seek after:
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 inquire in his temple.
For he will hide me in his shelter
in the day of trouble;
he will conceal me under the cover of his tent;
he will lift me high upon a rock.
And now my head shall be lifted up
above my enemies all around me,
and I will offer in his tent
sacrifices with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make melody to the LORD.
Hear, O LORD, when I cry aloud;
be gracious to me and answer me!
You have said, “Seek my face.”
My heart says to you,
“Your face, LORD, do I seek.”
Hide not your face from me.
Turn not your servant away in anger,
O you who have been my help.
Cast me not off; forsake me not,
O God of my salvation!
For my father and my mother have forsaken me,
but the LORD will take me in.
Teach me your way, O LORD,
and lead me on a level path
because of my enemies.
Give me not up to the will of my adversaries;
for false witnesses have risen against me,
and they breathe out violence.
I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the LORD
in the land of the living!
Wait for the LORD;
be strong, and let your heart take courage;
wait for the LORD!

Specifically, verse 4 screamed out to me something that I have not been understanding...God is more worthy of trust than whatever problem or obstacle may seemingly stand in my way.  I was reading a chapter in You Were Made For Love last night (the chapter was on our ability to risk love because we trust our God), and the author plainly said, If we see our issue in light of God's magnificent character and glory, all of a sudden the issue becomes small; then we are free to move around the issue, and proceed forward.

Verse 4 is saying exactly this, hallelujah!  The "one thing" we ask and seek is to "dwell" and "gaze upon" the Lord in His temple all the days of our lives!  The "one thing" we ask and seek is not a new job, a healed relationship, a semblance of provision, a college acceptance, or anything material--because those requests, although not wrong, are small compared to the presence of our God!  Seeking God first allows us to focus on Him, the One who is truly important and frees us to move forward.  Amen!

Who wants to move forward in the power of God today?  I do!

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