“One thing I asked of the Lord…” (Psalm 27:4) Only “one thing”? For the psalmist…and for us…there is a prayer that still waits to be prayed after we have offered our petitions. That “one thing” is the prayer of a searching, longing heart. A search beyond things. A search for GOD himself.
For the psalmist, that one prayer was “to live in the house of the LORD all the days of my life”. For us it is to live in the firm assurance of the always-abiding presence of the LORD. In even the darkest of times it is to draw deeply of his sure promise that “I will never leave you or forsake you”. (Hebrews 13:5)
In the deepest places in our lives, our hearts cry out to live in the house –or the presence – of the LORD. In the best of times, and the neediest of times, we are “to behold the beauty of the LORD”. The word “behold” means “to gaze”, or to “contemplate with pleasure”. Another translation says that we are “to enjoy the sweetness of the LORD”.
As our hearts are awakened to the “beauty” and the “sweetness” of our LORD, we are prepared to “inquire in his temple”. We “contemplate with pleasure”, and then we offer petitions.
Prayer – LORD, teach me gaze on you, and to enjoy your sweetness. Amen
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