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#16 – Saturday – March 18, 2017

#16 – Saturday – March 18, 2017
“One thing I ask from the Lord, this only 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.” Psalm 27:4
For many, the Christian life is a series of how-to principles. How to pray, how to share faith, how to study the Bible, how to discover our spiritual gifts…and on and on. We seek formulas. Why? Because it’s hard to have a relationship with an invisible God. Formulas are easier. If we can just find the key, crack the code, or take the steps that will get us from point A to point B in any given area of life, we’ll be the people we were meant to be. That’s the path of discipleship. So we think.
Though it’s a well-worn path, it leads to futility. God is not a formula or series of steps. He’s a person who enjoys relationship. He doesn’t draw near to those who learn the principles or “get it right.” He draws near to those who have a heart connection with Him. When we invest ourselves in His interests, He is much more inclined to invest Himself in ours.
Psalm 27:4 give us a relational paradigm-not a how-to formula but a heart attitude-that cultivates God’s Presence. David wants to be in the house of the Lord “to gaze” and “to seek.” The first is worship-adoration of the King. The second is prayer-pleading His will. And the order is important. Love comes first then asking. That’s how healthy relationships function.
Don’t rush into God’s Presence with a list of requests and then marvel that your prayer formula doesn’t accomplish much. Relationships are more than lists. Invest in His heart and see how he responds.
Lord, I want first and foremost to gaze at You. To behold You. To take the cares of Your heart into my own. Only then can I seek Your direction and Your gifts.

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