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My Desire


“One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple.” {Psalm 27:4, NIV} One Thing . . .

Kids will sometimes ask each other: “If you could have just one wish granted, what would it be?”

Their answers will vary from “a bazillion dollars” to “a pet dog.”

It’s not a bad question to ask ourselves either. Oftentimes our answer will reveal what is currently happening in our hearts.

What is the one thing your heart longs for most?

Our answers may vary . . .

More time. A good friend. A healed body. A restored relationship.

Perhaps it’s “all of the above.” And that’s okay too.

Our longings indicate our hearts’ deepest stirrings. So when I read Psalm 27, I am drawn to the “one thing” David asked of God — to dwell in His house forever. More than anything, David longed to be in God’s presence.

This is why David was called “a man after God’s own heart.” David experienced plenty of highs and lows in his lifetime. He knew the pit of failure and the sting of loss. But the one overarching theme in David’s life was a singular longing to be in God’s presence.

And this is my prayer today . . . that our hearts will be filled with this one thing . . . a desire to dwell in His presence.

Lord, we know You see all things, You know all things. Fill our hearts with an ever-deepening desire for more of You. May the “one thing” of our hearts be a longing to be with You, in Your house forever. Amen.



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