Our one thing

We’re asking God for one thing, only one thing:

To live with Him in His house our whole life long.

We’ll contemplate His beauty;

We’ll study at His feet.

Ps 27:4

This is written by a man who is under attack.

His “one thing” isn’t safety, or vindication, or victory.

His one thing isn’t power, control, or retribution.

No, even under personal duress,

the one thing that David wishes for is to be in God’s house

taking in the grandeur and glory of the beauty of the Lord.

“What’s our one thing?”

What is the one thing that our heart craves?

What is the one thing that we think would change our life?

What is the one thing that we look to for satisfaction, contentment, or peace?

What is the one thing that we mourn having to live without?

What is the one thing that fills our daydreams

What is the one thing that commands our sleepy meditations?

What is our one thing?

As Paul Tripp has noted:

The spiritual reality for many of us is that the one thing is not the Lord.

And the danger in that reality is this:

our one thing will control our heart,

and whatever controls our heart will exercise inescapable influence

over our words, choices, and actions.

Our one thing will become that which shapes

Our one thing will become that directs our responses to our situations

Our one thing will direct in relationships of our daily life.

If the Lord isn’t our one thing,

the thing that is our one thing will be our functional lord.

In every situation and relationship of our everyday life,

there is a one-thing war being fought on the turf of our heart.

You and I are safe only when the Lord really is the one thing

that commands our hearts and controls our actions.

Yet there are many things that compete with Him

as the one thing that our heart craves.

Where are we looking for meaning and worth?

What is the beauty that we wish we had in your life?

What is our one thing?

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