by Sal Huckel
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… 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).
If you could ask God for only one thing, what would it be? He’s not some genie in a bottle giving us a finite number of wishes (or even only one). Here we see David prioritise what he would ask God for if he only asked one thing.
If we were to pray for one thing, we would probably prioritise one earthly thing. Instead, David tells us his heavenly bucket list!
Why is this David’s request? It will keep him safe; he will be hidden. He will be lifted up above his enemies and praise God with songs and music.
When we seek God first, other things are added. Recently, my family was in a place of discerning God’s will, and we experienced exactly this. Rather than discerning each of our checklists, we agreed, after prayer, on what we felt was God’s will. As sure as anything, all the things the eight of us needed if we followed that path were added one by one.
Let’s learn to pray to seek to dwell in the house of the Lord, to seek his kingdom first (Matthew 6:33). Let’s allow him to add all the things (or the ones he chooses) after that, instead of praying for all of the things to show us whether something is God’s will or not.
Lord, I seek your face. Help me remember that you are the stronghold of my life and that I have no reason to fear. I rest on your promises of shelter and protection. May I seek you first before all other things. Amen.
Sal is married to Pastor Matthew Huckel, and they have six wonderful children – now an entire worship band as they serve together in ministry. Sal wears many other hats: she loves writing, speaking, and working as a wellness coach for Weight Watchers.