Monday, February 22, 2016

Monday's Thought of the Day !!

The one thing I ask of the Lord—
    the thing I seek most—
is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
    delighting in the Lord’s perfections
    and meditating in his Temple.
                                  Psalm 27:4 (NLT)

We can ask a great many things of God.  We might ask for forgiveness, for help in time of trouble or for joy.  But here we see that David asks for the one thing that really matters. And that is to be near to God.  In the letter of James he writes that if we draw near to God, then God will draw near to us.  There is nothing in this life or the next that is any better than this.
When other things come before this, we miss out on so much.  We see this played out in dramatic fashion when Jesus visits Lazarus and his two sisters, Martha and Mary.  Martha is busy preparing everything for Jesus and his disciples. She wants to make sure everything is just right for her guests.  Not a bad thing in and of itself.  But when she tells Jesus that her sister Mary needs to get off her bottom where she’s sitting at his feet and help her, Jesus tells her that “there is only one thing worth being concerned about.”  Mary had chosen the best part of life.  It wasn’t eating, drinking, entertaining or being showered with gifts.  It was being near God.
David knows that the main thing that makes everything else worthwhile is God.  God is his greatest desire.  We see again in Psalm 63 where he writes, “Oh God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you.  My soul thirsts for you….” Can you hear the desire in his words?
So just how much do you desire God today?  Is he the most important thing in your life, or someone you seek when you’re in trouble and need help?  Is Jesus the first thing you think about in the morning and the last thing on your mind at night, or do you think about Him mainly on Sunday mornings at church?
He really is the main thing that makes everything else in this world worthwhile.  Maybe it’s because He’s the one who created everything.

In the love of Christ,


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