In our multi-tasking mounting pressure culture to juggle your life AND plan your future well, there is a prayer whispered from the heart of a king that reveals to us the secret of the One Thing.
He was the former bear wrestler, lion chaser, singing sheep keeper that faced the giant and beheaded him. This king who was the warrior worshipper prayed for this:
“I’m asking GOD for one thing, only one thing: To live with him in his house my whole life long.
I’ll contemplate his beauty; I’ll study at his feet.
That’s the only quiet, secure place in a noisy world, The perfect getaway, far from the buzz of traffic.”
Psalm 27:4-5 MSG
It is the secret that David shouted out and the source that fueled his life.
He knew that ONE THING was needed above all others: to live WITH God every day. To enjoy Him, learn from Him and have a safe house to escape to when the world goes nuts.
David lived in the palace but longed for the Temple.
The ONE THING thing David longed for is the very thing Jesus experienced and prayed for you to experience:
“I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”
John 17:22-23 NIV
Jesus prayed for you to experience this kind of relationship with God everyday, wherever you are and whatever you are doing.
May your day be filled first with this one thing and may all the rest of life be impacted by it.