Psalm 27:4 “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.”
There is joy in simplicity.
The simple joys of life can sustain a person for life. Having food, clothing, and home to live can bring contentment if you allow it. The Apostle Paul shares this with us:
Philippians 4:11-12 “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.”
If you look around today, you will find that many are not satisfied with where they are at in life. Always wanting more. As a child of God, we are to be happy with what we are given.
1 Timothy 6:7-8 “For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.”
It may be retirement or the fact that I am more chronologically gifted that I see things in a much different light. People and my relationships with them have risen in priority over money and possessions. The quality of those relationships matter. The words I speak to those closest to me matter much.
My relationship with God has grown to a level that I enjoy my quiet time with Him more and more. Our conversations have grown in depth and meaning. I meditate more on the scriptures NOT to get something to blog about, but to carry with me throughout the day.
David knew and cherished the presence of God in His life. He relates that his heart’s desire is to be a doorkeeper in God’s house.
Psalm 84:10 “For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.”
The distractions and diversions of this world are many. Our enemy uses them to capture our attention and keep us from walking with God. Satan knows that when our eyes are turned, our heads and our heart follow. Once that happens, he will turn up the barrage of whatever it is that has caught our eye.
Just about every child of God can testify to the distractions that seemingly took our gaze from God, and it turned into a much longer time away than we ever anticipated. James warns us:
James 1:14-15 “But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.”
As with any relationship, the closer we become, the more we will cherish them. With God, the closer we become, the desire grows to want more. If not made to be a constant thing in our life, we will lose it.
David knew that taking on the role of God’s servant brought him closer to that desire. He would use each day to come before God, asking what his task was for the day. He did not wait for God to come to him; he acted as a waiter would in a restaurant.
Psalm 27:14 “Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.”
He waited on God, inquiring how he might please Him that day. He asked if his heart was in the right place. He talked things over with God to find if what he was thinking, his actions, or who he chose was right. David brought everyday things before God to check it against His plan for his life.
I must be diligent in being aware of those things that keep me away from a close, personal, intimate walk with God. Those distractions must become my enemy. Paul summed it up in this:
Philippians 3:7-8 “But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ,”