Desiring One Thing

4 One thing have I asked 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 gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in his temple. (Ps. 27:4)

Matthew Henry writes, “With what a gracious earnestness David prays for a constant communion with God… If he were to ask but one thing of God, this should be it; for this he had at heart more than anything. He knew something of the beauty of the Lord; his holiness is his beauty; his goodness is his beauty. The harmony of all his attributes is the beauty of his nature.”

Do you know the beauty of the Lord? Is it your one desire to commune with the Triune God? If we are being honest, far too often we forget about the beauty of the Lord, and as a result, we don’t desire Him as we should. Oh, Christian, we need to pray for illuminating grace to see and know the beauty of the Lord. Oh, I long to see Him as the all-together lovely One. Is He your greatest attraction? In Psalm 73:25, the Psalmist cries out to God, saying, “Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.” Is this your desire? Oh, God, I desire nothing but you!

This earnestness to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD reminds me of the apostle Paul in Philippians 3:7-11. Paul writes,

7 But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. 8 Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith– 10 that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.

The apostle Paul counted all things as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Jesus Christ. He left all behind so that he could gain Christ, the greatest treasure, and be found in Him alone. Paul wanted one thing: he wanted to know Christ. He wanted to see his beauty, his glory, and his power.

Is this your heartbeat? Will you count all the treasure of this world as rubbish so that you can commune with God more fully? Do you long to see His beauty more clearly?

Friend, under the New Covenant, we now behold the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ (2 Cor. 4:6). How often do you behold your all-sufficient Saviour in the Scriptures? Daily? Or bi-weekly? Far too often, we do not behold Him as we should. Far too often, we do not desire Him as we ought to. Oh, may God help us both to love him supremely and earnestly as our greatest treasure and delight.

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