January 16, 2018
One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple. Psalm 27:4
My most dangerous times are unfocused times. Pursuits, activities, and responsibilities--all good in and of themselves--pull me in many different directions and, more often than I like to admit, I lose my focus. Spurgeon says it this way, "Divided aims tend to distraction, weakness, disappointment." I have experienced that to be true.
But King David, a man with much on his plate, focused his sights on "one thing." This singular endeavor was his heart's desire and active quest. David wanted a heart ignited with a burning passion to follow hard after God. He was not content to just read about God or think about God or talk about God. David desired to experience God's presence every day of his life.
An ignited heart is not cloistered in a commune. The fire burns in the normal activities of life. This focused fire burns with a passionate desire to follow God in the twists and turns, up the mountains and down the valleys of this journey we call life. And whether we are running at full speed or standing still to catch our breath, whether we are carefully positioning our feet for the climb or maneuvering the steep descent, we have this "one thing" ... desire. Oh, God, let the fire burn!
Father, that is my prayer and desire. Please, by Your Spirit, let Your fire burn in my heart. In Jesus' name. Amen.