Intimacy With God!
“One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; 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 inquire in His temple” (Ps 27:4; KJV).
King David’s primary desire was an intimate relationship with God; this he sought. In Psalms 42 verse 1 David says his soul panted and thirsted for God (Ps 42:1). It’s no wonder God could call David a man after his own heart (Acts 13:22). Do we have the same priority as David? Do we have the same relationship with God?
I love the verse in the New Testament where Mary sat at Jesus’ feet, mesmerized by and focused on the Lord and his every word (Luke 10:39). Think what relationship we can have with God now, David had the Spirit on him (1 Sam 16:13). We are children of God (1 John 3:2) and we have his Spirit on the inside of us (Acts 2:4).
Do we have the same heart cry for relationship with God that David showed in the Psalms (Ps 84:2)? Do we sit at Jesus feet as Mary did? Paul said that he counted everything of the world as rubbish (that word can be translated dung) the he might gain Christ (Phil 3:8).
For me, the Apostle John captured the relationship God yearns for with us when he (John) quoted Jesus' prayer for us as believers: "that they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that you sent me" (John 17:21; KJV).
How heartbroken Jesus was when he prayed over Jerusalem in Matthew 23:37; the people rejected His desire for intimacy.
My desire is captured in Psalm 91:1 "He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty"; what about you?