Ignite! | Psalm 27:4
One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.
My most dangerous times are unfocused times. Pursuits, activities, and responsibilities—all good in and of themselves—pull me in many different directions and, more often than I like to admit, result in priority flip-flop. Spurgeon says it this way: Divided aims tend to distraction, weakness, disappointment. I have experienced that to be true.
But King David, a man with much on his plate, focuses his sights on “one thing.” This singular endeavor is his heart’s desire and his active quest. David wants a heart ignited with a burning passion to follow hard after God all the days of his life. David is not content to read about God or think about God or talk about God. David wants to live life with the Father. He wants to spend time contemplating the Person of God. He wants to actively seek the Lord. He desires to live in God’s presence. David is determined to experience God’s beauty and majesty.
An ignited heart is not cloistered in a commune. The fire burns in the normal activities of life. It is not a fire that burns out of control. It is a focused fire that burns with a passionate desire to follow God in the twists and turns, up the mountains, and down the valleys of this journey we call life. And whether we are running at full speed, or standing still to catch our breath; whether we are carefully positioning our feet for the climb, or maneuvering the steep descent, we have this “one thing” desire. O God, let the fire burn!