Asking God for "one thing"
Week beginning: 16th October, 2016 | By Ian Miller | Amersham
'One thing have I asked of the Lord, that I will 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 enquire in his temple.'Psalm 27 v 4 (ESV, 2001)
What are we to pray at the beginning of another busy week with all the pressures which come with being a lawyer? You may have many things on your mind as David did in this Psalm: from the first few verses it would seem he struggled with evil men advancing on him, enemies and foes attacking, the prospect of a siege and war breaking out against him.
David prays "one thing", namely, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to enquire of Him. He is preoccupied with God's Person and His will. Paul reminds us that if we seek to gaze upon God then we should look to the gospel which reveals the face of Jesus (2 Cor 4 v 4,6).
There is no better starting point for our prayer this week than David's "one thing": desiring God for who He is – for his beauty, light, holiness, goodness, graciousness, for all those qualities which cannot be reduced to mere words – and desiring his will.
1. At verses 8-9 David prays "Your face, LORD, do I seek. Hide not your face from me." Pray that we might know the blessing of God's face shining upon us this week and that His will would be done in our lives.
2. In the light of Psalm 27:4, pray for the particular tasks and issues you face this week.