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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Quiet Time: One Thing

One Thing

One thing I have asked from the LORD, that I shall seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD And to meditate in His temple – Psalm 27:4

My grandmother lived in what the old timers of Ybor City call a “Cigar Row” or “Shotgun” house. It was over a century old, and I know now that, even by early 1900 standards, the house was considered small and unexceptional. But, that house was treasured by everyone in our family; not for the grand design but for the grandmother living inside. 

May-be that’s what the psalmist meant when he said that he wanted to stay in God’s house as long as he lived. I’m sure his desire wasn’t based on the architecture of the house, because as a pastor friend pointed out, the “house” that King David built for the Ark of the Covenant was actually a tent (1 Chronicles 16:1). So, it must have been the Designer, God, and not the design that caused him to treasure the place so much.

However, what I really like about this passage of scripture is how David boils everything down to “one thing”.  Even with all the trouble that surrounded him (Psalm 27:3) David had an undivided desire to seek God’s face through focused meditation on the character and person of God.

Perhaps that’s the trouble with many of us. We’re so distracted by everything around us that we come to a building on Sunday morning, instead of the Builder. We tragically focus on everything but the “one thing” and we miss the beauty of our God.

  • Take a minute to read the story of Jesus at the home of Martha and Mary (Luke 10:38-41).
  • Circle the words “distracted, worried, bothered, things” and “one thing”.
  • What got in the way of a word from Jesus?

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