What Deepest Desires Do You Seek?
“Seek and deeply long for the LORD and His strength (His power, His might); seek and deeply long for His face and His presence continually.”
If you were asked what consumes the majority of your time during the day, or what is your deepest desire, what would your reply be? Would it be your job that requires most of your time? Possibly your deepest desire is to purchase another home; receive a much desired job advancement; or, to take a long-desired trip “over-by-there”.
Don't you find it interesting when you live a life of persistent time restraints and inner turmoil, the stress of them often reflects outwardly in your face? The opposite happens when you take the time to gaze towards Him and depend upon him to supply your needs. It is then that you have a radiant face!
In the Book of Psalms, David presents three examples of his deepest desires, and where he wants to spend his time. His foremost and deepest desire was: “One thing I asked of the LORD, that I will seek, inquire for, and (insistently) require; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord (in His presence) all the days of my life.”(AMP). His first and foremost desire was to live in a special and close relationship with the LORD. Millie Stamm stated: David “...wanted to feel at home with the LORD, and he wanted the LORD to feel comfortable living in his life.”.
The second deepest desire for David was: “...to behold and gaze upon the beauty (the sweet attractiveness and the delightful loveliness) of the LORD...”(AMP).
David's third deepest desire was: “...to meditate, consider, and inquire in His temple.”(AMP). He desired to spend more time with the LORD to worship Him.
Helen Steiner Rice wrote a poem titled: “The Peace of Meditation”. A few lines are: “So we may know God better...and feel His quiet power...Let us daily keep in silence...a meditation hour...For to understand God's greatness and to use His gifts each day...The soul must learn to meet Him in a meditative way...For our Father tells His children that if they would know His will...They must seek Him in the silence when all is calm and still...”.
God's people may want to strive to examine their own deepest desires, and their time. As a personal goal try to strive to pursue the examples given above from the Psalmist David. Do your best to spend more time to meditate in order to become more at home with the LORD. As you do this, you will begin to “feel His quiet power”; you will acquire His peace; and your deepest desires will begin to change.
Lord God, thank You for allowing us to enter Your house to worship and meditate. Help us to designate more time to you. Amen.
~ Ann Brock Ludington