Friday, July 22, 2011
God At My Place? Or Me At His Place?
Psalm 27:4 has been one of my favorite verses for a long time. When I think I want something badly, I often restate the words of the Psalmist: "ONE thing have I desired of the Lord...."
THAT will I seek after.
Knowing Him. Loving Him.
THAT will I seek after. All the days of my life.
The other day I was looking at the verse again, trying to figure out how to paraphrase it for someone after a conversation when I saw something in the rest of the verse.
The Psalmist says that he will seek after the Lord, "that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in His temple."
I've always thought of it as David seeking after his God.
But... wait! There's more.
He's seeking to live in GOD's presence.
He's not seeking the presence of God in HIS life.
He's transplanting his life, his location, to GOD'S presence, where God is.
There's a difference.
Is God with me everywhere, anywhere? Sure! Can I hear His Spirit on a hilltop or in a bustling city street? In church or at work or in the car? Of course!
But so often I pray for the Presence of God in MY life, when what I should be begging for is to live my life in GOD'S PLACE.... to plant myself where He is, rather than to try to add Him to MY life and loves and wishes and places.
In a literal church building? I don't think that's the essence of what David is talking about.
He talks about going to the temple, though.
That meant leaving HIS place (even though God communed with him there often)
and going to GOD'S place.
I've prayed a whole new way this week about several things.
I haven't went anywhere different physically.
But I've asked God to let me live in His presence,
even if that's all that He gives me in life.
Somehow I feel, like David, that if I only want one thing in life it must be this:
To live where God lives and to behold His worth and beauty.