One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek:
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 seek him in his temple.
Summer is here! The days are longer and routines are shifting. As school has ended, we anticipate a more relaxed pace and maybe even taking some holidays. After a long winter, we are venturing out into our yards, neighbourhoods, parks and countryside to enjoy the beauty of God’s creation. The weather has not been fully cooperative, yet there is a beauty all its own in watching the sky change from brilliant blue, to billowing white, to menacing darkness. There is so much to marvel at life in each day God gives us.
Just recently I visited Adina Chapman in a Hospice and I was reminded again of how precious life is. These last couple of weeks her family has been able to walk with her towards that fine line between heaven and earth, then release her into the arms of Jesus, knowing that she had finished well. On my last visit one of the passages I read to her was Psalm 27. Verse 4 declares, ONE thing I ask is to dwell in God’s house ALL the days of my life, to gaze on his beauty and to seek him. The rest of the Psalm is full of descriptions of God, who supports and protects us through ALL life brings while our job–in all those days, both good and the bad–is to seek Him. It is as we do this that He will enable each of us to finish well. I don’t know if Adina heard me or not as I talked of how God had been her light, her salvation and her stronghold throughout her life and soon, in a brand new and wonderful way she would dwell in His presence and gaze on His beauty, face to face. The seeking in the sense we now understand would be over and her relationship with God would continue in new depth and wonder.
As we move into the summer, I pray that we will each intentionally dwell in God’s presence, gaze on His beauty… through His creation, His Word, and those in our lives who reflect the love of Christ to us... and that we will earnestly seek Him. For we are promised that if we seek Him we WILL find Him when we seek for Him with all our hearts. (Jeremiah 29:13)
This summer I pray that as you sense that yearning in your heart for more, we will join with the Psalmist and affirm…“My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” Your face, LORD, I will seek.” (27:8) There will surely be amazing joy one day when we enter Jesus’ presence in glory… but there is also much joy to be experienced now, as we enter his presence and gaze on his beauty each day.
Read: Psalm 27
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you that you are our light, our salvation, and our stronghold. Thank you that you love us and you are first are seeking us, long before we even think of seeking you. Draw us to yourself this summer and allow us to recognize you and find joy and peace in your presence.
The More I Seek You is a beautiful song by Kari Jobe. You can listen to it at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NI_1YliutzA
Contributed by Pastor Carla Olsen Draper