I’m Asking God for One Thing

The secret to satisfying our soul.

Ps 19:14 – Let the sayings of my mouth, And the meditation of my heart, Be for a pleasing thing before Thee, O Jehovah, my rock, and my redeemer! (YLT)

The sayings of my mouth.

Expressions that expose what I perceive to be truth and wisdom.

The meditation of my heart.

To earnestly, deeply think and to murmur with tenderness, evoking a strong emotional response.

Ps 42:1-2 – As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God? (ESV)

My soul. My soul pants for you, O God.

Pant. To breathe rapidly and heavily; gasp, as from running fast. To feel strong desire; yearn eagerly.

Speak these words audibly with panting breath. Let your breath bring the hunger and pain from deep, unmet longings within you to the surface of your consciousness.

As a deer pants for flowing streams, so pants my soul for you, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?

As a deer pants
For flowing
For flowing streams
So pants my soul
For you,
For you, O God
My soul thirsts
Thirsts for God
For the living God
When?
When shall I come?
And appear?
Before God?

Continue to murmur these words aloud with panting breath, emphasizing the bold words, and note your reaction to them in body and mind/heart/soul. Do these words clearly and accurately diagnose the condition of your soul?

Are you aware that it is God, the living God, that your soul pants for?

Have you been seeking to satisfy your longing with other things or persons because you don’t know that it is God that your soul pants for?

The Lord God says he will satisfy the weary soul, and he will replenish every languishing soul (Jer 31:25).

Even if your life experience tells you this isn’t true for you, will you set aside your perceptions and judgments, to give God space and opportunity to show you that he does not lie, that he will, and he does indeed satisfy even your soul?

What did the psalmist ask when he longed for God to fulfill this promise to satisfy and replenish his soul?

When shall I come and appear before God? When shall I see God?

Are you aware that it is when you see God, when you appear before God, that your weary soul will be satisfied, and your languishing soul will be replenished?

Do you long for God to fulfill his promise to satisfy your weary soul and replenish your languishing soul?

What questions have you been asking God? Or maybe, like me, it’s not questions, but harsh judgment, criticism, and demands that you’ve been throwing at God. Or maybe you’ve stopped asking questions, stopped expecting anything from God.

David narrowed his request down to one thing. He became aware that only one thing could satisfy his soul.

Ps 27:4 – 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. (MSG)

I am
I’m asking
I’m asking God
I’m asking God for only one thing
To live
To live with him
To live with him in his house
My whole life long.

What did David commit to spending his time and effort doing if God would grant his one request?

I’ll contemplate God’s beauty. I’ll study at God’s feet.

It seems that David’s heart beat in harmony with God’s heart! Surely, he was aware of his companions! The Lord Jesus Christ, God, Holy Spirit. Surely, David was intimately familiar with the gifts they bring! Grace. Love. Fellowship. Therefore, he asked for only one thing. To be in their presence. To live with them. To contemplate their beauty. To study at their feet.

Where is God’s house? Where do we live with God our whole life long?

2 Cor 6:16-18 – Who would think of setting up pagan idols in God’s holy Temple? But that is exactly what we are, each of us a temple in whom God lives. God himself put it this way: “I’ll live in them, move into them; I’ll be their God and they’ll be my people. So leave the corruption and compromise; leave it for good,” says God. “Don’t link up with those who will pollute you. I want you all for myself. I’ll be a Father to you; you’ll be sons and daughters to me.” The Word of the Master, God. (MSG)

Interact with the words of Scripture through deep, careful study.

Then move beyond logic and reason; move from head to heart. Extend your arms out to the side, and as far back as you can, a symbol of opening your heart wide, exposing its depths, then bring your hands back to rest in your lap.

Ask the Lord God to examine and reveal what is in your heart.

Do you hold idols in your heart, objects of ardent or excessive devotion or admiration?
Is there corruption in your heart, a change from a sound condition to an unwholesome one?
Is there compromise in your heart, weakening, laying yourself open to danger?
Who are you linked up with who will pollute you, speaking, thinking, behaving, longing… that is contrary to love?
Who or what is in the way of God having his way with you? Having you all for himself?

(Don’t expect to hear a megaphone listing the contents of your heart. And don’t expect immediate enlightenment. Be willing to wait.)

I’ve discovered that there is no benefit in judging and condemning myself when the Lord God reveals in me corruption, compromise, and ties to anything that is contrary to love.

Rom 8:31-35 – What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies [makes right]. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised— who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. (ESV)

My soul. Pants for. Flowing streams. Thirsts for. Living God.

When?
When shall I come and appear before God? When shall I see God?
I am
I am God’s holy Temple.
God lives in me.
God is my God.
I am his.
Leave the corruption and compromise.
The Lord God says:
I want you.”
“I want you all for myself.”
“I’ll be a Father to you.”
“You’ll be sons and daughters to me.”

Interact with the words of Scripture through deep, careful study.

Then move beyond logic and reason; move from head to heart.

Meditate. Experience the words of Scripture bodily by moaning, growling, uttering, speaking aloud each word, syllable by syllable. Experience the words of Scripture, expressing the longing and desire and hope in the depth of your own soul. Become acquainted with your longing. Anticipate that your soul’s longing will be satisfied, its hunger will be filled with good things, and it will be healed and made complete again. Let the inspired word of God arouse feelings of awe.

How did David come to this place of knowledge and relationship?

Job 32:8 – But it is the spirit in man, the breath of the Almighty, that makes him understand. (ESV)

2 Cor 13:14 – the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, [is] with you all! Amen. (YLT)

Contemplate. Sit quietly without thinking, without murmuring. Simply be. You are God’s holy Temple. God lives in you. The Lord God wants all of you. Become conscious of your companions. Become aware of the spirit in you. Become aware of the breath of the Almighty in you, that makes you understand.

Stay in this place of rest and fellowship for as long as you can.

When finished, select just one word or phrase and carry it with you all day, thinking about it, murmuring it, holding it, treasuring it. Let it soak deep into your soul. Tomorrow, meditate on the entire text again. Select the same word or phrase or a different one to carry with you all day, thinking about it, murmuring it, holding it, treasuring it. Do this practice every day. Let God’s Word begin to fill your soul with good things.

I ponder every morsel of wisdom from you, I attentively watch how you’ve done it. I relish everything you’ve told me of life, I won’t forget a word of it. (Ps 119:15-16 MSG)

 

 

But it is the spirit in man, the breath of the Almighty, that makes him understand. (Job 32:8)

I encourage you to look for ways and practices to help you become aware of Holy Spirit and to relinquish all that you have and all that you are to Holy Spirit’s convicting, enlightening, restorative ministrations.

A practice that has been life-changing for me comes from Psalm 46:10.

Ps 46:10 – “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” (ESV)

Be still.
It’s a paradox.
Be still. A state of being. Am. Is. Stay, remain as in was, were.
It’s a process of letting go in order to rediscover Life that was forfeited.
It’s a process of ceasing, stopping, to be destroyed, and dying in order to be redeemed.
It’s a process of abandoning and neglecting in order to be healed and made whole.

It’s a process of opposing, contending, and striving in order to give up, renounce, leave, and abandon self-interest that is death, forfeiture of Life.

It’s a process of becoming weak, feeble, to be wept over in order to return to the original Life that was forfeited, but is bought back by the only One who has Life in himself.

Be still, consequently
Know

Know, not in the sense of accumulating facts and figures, receiving answers about what to do to get a good life, but know as in relationship. Know as in Being. Awareness, consciousness, discernment, recognition, acquaintance, familiar friend, feel, perceive, have respect, have understanding, instruction, presence, fellowship.

Be still.

Letting the vessel of wrath prepared for destruction go in order to know the riches of God’s glory for vessels of mercy.

2 Peter 3:18 – But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen. (ESV)

 

1 thought on “I’m Asking God for One Thing

  1. This is awesome and working properly! WOw!

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