After God's Heart
- Saturday, October 11, 2008
"I believe strongly that one thing the devil seeks to do is to sneak in and subtly distract our attention from the purity and simplicity of loving God. He doesn't mind if we exalt revival, healing, or anything else, as long as we lose our focus on the simplicity of heart-level lavish devotion to the Son of God.”
Today if you look around the world, you will see people preoccupied with many things. Some people are preoccupied with getting a raise at work or watching the stock market rise or fall. Others are preoccupied with buying a new house or fixing up a broken down old one. Others are preoccupied with losing weight or getting their children through college. TV, the internet, changing weather patterns, and the elections eat away our time and energy. We live in a world of busy people concerned with a multitude of life issues. But in the midst of all this chaos, what is really important in life? What will bring stability in a world that seems so unpredictable?
I want to give you a simple test. This test has only one test question but your answer can make the difference between success or failure, strength or powerlessness, hope or defeat. Are you ready? What is the primary ambition of your life?
Is it to make money or get a good job?
Is it to get married or having a large family?
Is it to get a good education or have a great ministry?
Or is it to be a man or woman after God’s heart? Is it to behold the beauty of the Lord? Let’s look at the example of David. This is what he said:
“One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I 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 inquire in His temple” (Psalm 27:4).
David’s primary occupation was to seek God and His beauty. God declared David to be a man after His own heart (1 Samuel 13:14). Imagine that? Wouldn’t you love for God to say that about you? I know I would. David sought God when he was young and when he was old. He sought after Him when he was a young shepherd boy, praying and worshipping him in the fields where there was no human audience. He sought after God when he was a king and military leader when he was busy with responsibility and pressure. David sought after God’s heart during times of victory and times of testing. It was the goal and focus of his life. Perhaps we could say that David was on a lifelong treasure hunt to discover the beauty of God - to find out the commands of God’s heart and to fully obey them - to study God’s emotions and encounter Him in intimacy - to discover the purposes of God’s heart and contend in prayer for a breakthrough. David was one who loved to be in God’s house. He even raised up 4,000 musicians and 288 singers to worship God in His house (1 Chronicles 23:5, 25:7). David knew how to tap into the most important thing in life.
God wants us to seek His beauty. Presently my husband and I are on a vacation out in the beauty of nature in western New York. I must admit that it is taking time to quiet my heart enough to be still and really hear from God. The activity of life has taken it’s toll, and there is need of rest and recuperation. But one thing that God is impressing on my heart is that all of us need to be a people of one thing. This is what we are designed for. Being out of alignment brings great emotional and physical fatigue. We are created to seek first God’s Kingdom (Matthew 6:33). Our greatest ambition should be a lover of God. Just to emphasize my point, a beautiful and graceful deer just jumped across the yard. It reminds me of Psalm 42:1-2a.
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