My One Desire
Daily Devotional for February 17th
One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; 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 enquire in his temple. Psalm 27:4
We err in that we desire so much in life. There are so many things that capture our hearts. It would be enough to allow our eyes to become distracted from time to time, but it is the heart that Satan is targeting. It is because the heart drives our lives. We must learn to guard our hearts. The only way to do that is simply to love the Lord with ALL our hearts and have no other things before Him.
When we allow our hearts to be pulled in so many different directions, we end up attaining nothing. Jesus said where your treasure is, there will you heart be also. Matthew 6:21. What’s interesting is whatever your treasure is, it will be the one thing that drives your entire life. We should have one desire and one desire only. You can see where a person’s heart is by how much time, money, and effort they invest in a given area. What is your time, money, and effort revealing about you?
David shared his heart that One thing have I desired. In our efforts to live for God, one of the greatest problems we face is that we feel as though all is well in our Christian life as long as we have made a place for God. God must be number one in our lives. Not only should He be at the top, there should be no others. Once a person experiences the wonder of God Almighty, all other loves fade from view. Your soul finally is at peace and rest. David experienced this wonder in God. Have you friend? Once you get a taste of God, everything else in life proves to be empty and vain. To behold His beauty! Those who have experienced the presence of God know how glorious His presence truly is!
We must keep inventory of our hearts before the Lord. A dedicated prayer life, as well as a dedicated study of God’s word is essential to keeping our heart where it belongs. When we are reminded that we haven’t prayed or haven’t spent time in God’s word, how do we react? Do we pass it off, or do step back and ask the painful question why have I lost my desire to pray? Why have I lost my desire to read God’s word? It’s imperitive that we recognize when our hearts become complacent toward the Lord. We must strive to keep God as our one desire.