One Thing 10/4/12

We are talking about our prayer life, quiet time, footstool time, adoration time, or what ever you call it, and it’s importance in our lives, if we are going to live a First Commandment Life. God is always inviting us into His presence to gaze on Him. He is longing for us to have a First Thing priority, like David describes in Psalm 27:4. From my own experience, I can honestly say that Gazers become Cravers. The more I gaze on His beauty, the more I crave His presence, and beauty. His beauty has ruined me for anything else. At the heart of His open door invitation for us to come and sit on the Sapphire Sea, before His footstool, is an invitation to Gaze on His glorious splendor, His beauty. Remember, when I talk about His beauty, I am talking about all of His self disclosures; His character and the nuances of His personality revealed, His ways, and promises discovered. It’s His face we are after; His glory and splendor. That’s why my prayer life is always spent with an open Bible, which is the primary vehicle the Holy Spirit uses to take me into the beauty realm of God. Listen again to what Psalm 27:4 says, “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 enquire in his temple.” To dwell in close proximity of the presence of The Lord, to gaze on His beauty, and to inquire. The Hebrew word “inquire” has these meanings, ‘to plough, to break forth, to inspect, admire, seek out.’ That’s what footstool time should be like; to gaze on His beauty, and then talk to Him in absolute wonder and exaltation about what you’ve just discovered. To plough deep into the revelation of His heart and ways He has just drawn you into. It often gets really loud during the inquiring time, because the deeper you plough, the crying, laughing, shouting, singing, and worshiping stuff kind of breaks out. Oh yeah, by the. Way, the more you plough, the more He ploughs. Yikes!! That’s why I have such a hard time describing it as “quiet time.” It’s more like “loud time, or upheaval time.”