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One Desire

"I have asked one thing from the LORD; it is what I desire: to dwell in the house of the LORD (in His presence) all the days of my life, gazing on the beauty of the LORD and seeking him in his temple." - Psalm 27:4 CSB

If you could ask for one thing from the Lord what would that be?

When we read Psalms 27, we see David is facing fear: fear of circumstances (1-6), failure (7-10), and the future (11-14).

Although David is on the run and battling fear he is able to overcome it by focusing on the Lord. David declares with confidence, the Lord is:

  1. My Light and My Salvation (verse 1)
  2. My Fortress (verse 1)
  3. My Protector (verse 1)

David also declares:

  1. I will not tremble (verse 1)
  2. My enemies will stumble and fall (verse 2)
  3. I will remain confident (verse3)

When I first read this Psalm I thought I was going to dwell on the word desire but I can’t get past the word “one”. One represents David’s heart, mind, soul and his spirit. Despite being in a place of fear, loneliness, and despair, it did not stop him from having one focus. The Lord!

We learn from David that “desire” is not about “WHAT” you want, but “WHO” you want. Whatever you are facing I challenge you to put that aside and declare, Lord I want You! You see, my desire is connected to who I seek after and it drives me until I’m there dwelling in His presence. 

To dwell means to live, remain, and stay, but in this text it means a little more. It means to abide in the Lord's presence. In His presence there is fullness of Joy. Whatever you need, the Lord is willing, able, and wants to fill your desire. 

Always remember, what you long for can only be found by dwelling in God’s presence. When I am in His presence, although I should be empty, I can experience Gods fullness. 

What do you need from the Lord today? Your answer is in His presence. Don’t stop until you get to Him. Let your “one desire” be the Lord. 

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness (God’s will and way), for they will be filled.” Matthew 5:6 CSB

CO-PASTOR DR. ELMER HESS, JR.

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