Wednesday, February 26, 2014

David's One Thing

David was anticipating the throne of Israel, and fleeing jealous Saul. And when he cried out to God, what was the ONE THING he asked for? It was not physical protection, or leadership ability, or popularity within Israel, or even personal holiness.
“ONE THING I have asked of the Lord, and this is what I will seek:that I may dwell in God’s house all my days, to behold His delightful beauty,
and to worship in His presence.” (Ps 27:4)
David’s “one thing” was being close to God, no matter what. And how do we draw near to God, behold His presence, worship Him face to face? Through His written self-portrait, His self-revelation: the Bible. And through the Word-Become-Flesh, God-with-Us: Jesus.
In the Bible, God reveals His Being, His thoughts and desires, His intentions toward us, His character. And He reveals Himself most vividly in the person of Jesus Christ, whom we also get to know in God’s Word.
I’ve been told the Bible is “God’s Instruction Manual.” I’ve hunted for a “verse” just to make me feel better or give me specific direction in the moment. It can be tempting to read the Bible for the morality lessons, or to find “good examples” to follow. Or to read the Bible through the filter of our own soap box issues, to find proof texts for our theology of preference.
But when God speaks, it is not to give us a to-do list, or a band-aid for our hurts, or a human hero to emulate, or Three Steps to Successful Living. Instead, God gives us Himself.
The Pharisees missed this. They were so focused on the commands of Scripture that they missed the Messiah! Jesus confronted them: “You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life.” (John 5:37-40)

Our “one thing,” what matters most in life, is essentially the same as David wrote 1000 years ago: 
to dwell with God through faith in Christ
to delight in who He is no matter our circumstances
to worship Him in all that we do, say and think.