“The true calling of a Christian is not to do extraordinary things, but to do ordinary things in an extraordinary way.” A.P. Stanley
David was a man who wore many hats. From humble to noble, he was shepherd, warrior, worship leader, husband, father and king. He survived many death threats. He had great responsibilities and had multitudes of people depending on him. He was the guy to go to when you needed something done. He was the man to seek when you needed encouragement or comfort. He was the guy to see when you weren’t sure what to do next.
To me, it seems that David lived potentially a very stressful existence. He didn’t always get it right, as the Bible recorded his ups and downs, rights and wrongs. His life’s accomplishments, for better or worse, were recorded as an example for us. He was known as a man after God’s own heart.
David is credited as the author of Psalm 27, which was written at a tumultuous time in David’s life. Many scholars agree that the setting and context may have been while David was hiding in a cave, under the murderous threats of King Saul and pursuit of his army.
In Psalm 27:4, David makes a plea, “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 on the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple.” This morning, I’m dwelling on this “one thing”.
If I were in David’s shoes, what would be the one thing most on my heart? I think it could have easily been to ask God for protection; of my life, the lives of the men with me, and the families we’d left behind. I would have asked God for direction, a strategy, a way out. I may have asked Him to confound the enemy. David may have had these things on his heart at the time, but above all else, he wanted to know that God was with him. He knew that he needed the presence of the Lord in His life.
It’s interesting to me that while David asks to dwell in the house of the Lord, the temple had not yet been built. If he was referring to a place to dwell, it was simply the tabernacle. But, at the tabernacle God was inside and people were outside. David’s heart longed for more. He had a prophetic cry in his heart to actually be in God’s presence. Above all else.
But, how do we do this day-to-day? I think the answer is that we desire God above all else, but not to the exclusion of all else. David accomplished great things in his life. God desires us to be His hands and feet as we walk through this life. On the job, Christ. At school, Christ. With friends, Christ. At the grocery store, Christ. On vacation, Christ. At the hospital, Christ.
Christ is above all, and we have been raised with Him. Colossians 3:1-3, “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.”
As we walk with God, it is now ALL about Jesus. The only life we have is found in Him. This is that “one thing”. He is THE ONE.
Dear Heavenly Father, please help me today to walk more mindful of You. You are my life. Your presence is in me and in all. Help me to see you in the details of the day-to-day and bring You glory in all. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.