One Thing 8/19/12
Yesterday and today is the beginning of the Jewish month Elul, which is the last month of the Jewish year. During this month the great emphasis is Psalm 27, and every Jew, is to read and contemplate this psalm twice everyday during Elul. Psalm 27 was written toward the end of David’s life when He was about 60, (He died at 70) and is kind of a reflection of his walk with the Lord and his true life passion. In verse 4 David said, “One thing I have asked (Notice the past tense as this is a reflection of how he has lived) from the Lord, that I shall seek; (Notice the future tense as this is how he intended to live the rest of his life) 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 inquire in His temple.” David’s life passion was to live in close proximity to the heart of God, and to behold and contemplate, and converse with God about His beauty. This is the emphasis in this last month because the Jewish people believe this is the ultimate goal of life, and must be the lingering thought as you move into the new year. As you read this amazing Psalm you’ll see that God’s face (His beauty) was not only David’s One Thing goal in life, but God’s beauty was his great hiding place and protection in a fallen world full of trouble. May we all again, during the next few weeks renew our desire to wholeheartedly live a One Thing life.