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It’s January 29; Good Morning Union

Friday, January 29th, 2010

“One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek….” Psalm 27:4

I guess I forgot since my last journey through the psalms just how prayer oriented and teaching they are. On my own prayer journey I have currently not only realized that the position I take in prayer (eyes closed, hands folded, head bowed, kneeling- nothing wrong with any of them but that’s NOT necessarily the “right” way to pray!) is far less important than the purpose I go to God in prayer. Right now I find it hard to ask for much of anything; even though I realize that it’s ok to ask and God understands and will still answer as He knows is best. Asking seems so self-centered and selfish. I want to “talk to God as to a friend” and what friend only wants me around when I’m asking for something!? Well, I guess God would but not many earthly friends would! 

Instead prayer has become for me a time of listening, meditating, pondering the Almighty, and responding to Him in words or thoughts of appreciation, adoration, and attentiveness to what He is, and what He might have to say to me. David’s song this morning really resonated with my heart. If I am afraid, worried, anxious, troubled, concerned, the answer does not seem to be to tell God to fix everything so I am not any of those things any more. It appears that if I have acknowledged the Lord as “my light…my salvation… and my stronghold,” that fear will take care of itself. In fact David says that I will not only lose the fear but that I will be “confident!”

And it’s all because, “Only ONE thing I ask of the Lord, THIS is what I seek….” Are you ready for this?! It’s NOT good grades, a removal of all bad things that attack me, job security, a special friend, etc ad nausium! ONE thing I ask, ONE thing I seek (and then he can’t keep it to one so he makes it two:

1. to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord
2. to seek Him in His temple

THIS will:

1. keep me safe
2. set my feet on a high rock
3. cause me to shout with joy and sing
4. bring confidence that I will see the goodness of the Lord
5. make me strong
6. help me learn how to wait upon the Lord

So he gets bold and asks for two more things, as long as he is now so confident and strong!

1. Teach me YOUR ways (not bless MY ways)
2. Lead me in a straight path (of YOUR choosing not mine!)

So, there you have it! Another great illustration of prayer from the “man after God’s own heart.”

Have a great day seeking just ONE thing,
Pastor Rich