1 The LORD is my light and my salvation — whom shall I fear? The
LORD is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?
2 When the wicked advance against me to devour me, it is my enemies
and my foes who will stumble and fall.
3 Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break
out against me, even then I will be confident.
4 One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do 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.
5 For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will
hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock.
6 Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at
his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and
make music to the LORD.
1. “One thing I ask from the Lord” (v4). How many things have you
asked God for? A hundred, a thousand things? We all have prayed
and asked God for many things from the simple to the serious. Yet,
the psalmist asked for only ONE thing.
2. Here is a person who has discovered the immensity, the attractiveness,
and the accessibility of God. He desires one thing, but
it’s expressed in three ways, to live in the house of the Lord, to
gaze(contemplate) on the beauty of the Lord, and to seek (study)
him in his temple.
3. This single desire that absorbs all other desires is to be where God
is, to see what he reveals, and to learn what he teaches. The trouble
the psalmist faced didn’t drive him into trying every solution
the world offersthing in hopes that something might turn up that
worked. His troubles drove him to one thing: to God.
4. Read this passage again slowly as your own prayer and plead to
God. How does it feel to ask God for the one single request? What
does that mean to you?
Prayer & Journaling:
Stay with God for a little longer. Continue to converse with God and listen
to what he wants to tell me. Then write down any thought and/or prayer
in the 2012 “Spiritual Journal” book.