whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the stronghold of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid?
When evildoers assail me
to eat up my flesh,
my adversaries and foes,
it is they who stumble and fall.
Though an army encamp against me,
my heart shall not fear;
though war arise against me,
yet I will be confident.
One thing have I asked 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 gaze upon the beauty of the LORD
and to inquire in his temple.
For he will hide me in his shelter
in the day of trouble;
he will conceal me under the cover of his tent;
he will lift me high upon a rock.
And now my head shall be lifted up
above my enemies all around me,
and I will offer in his tent
sacrifices with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make melody to the LORD.
Hear, O LORD, when I cry aloud;
be gracious to me and answer me!
You have said, “Seek my face.”
My heart says to you,
“Your face, LORD, do I seek.”
(Psalm 27:1-8 ESV)
There are so many things in life that are important … sometimes even life threatening. However, for the child of God, there is to be only ONE all-consuming passion and that is the pursuit of God.
King David was so confident of the Lord’s protection and care, that he narrowed down his ultimate prayer at this point in his life to one request: “One thing have I asked 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 gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in his temple.” For David, there was nothing more important than to be in the presence of the Lord and to have the privilege of beholding, with admiration and affection, the glory of God and to meditate on His ways.
So, at this point in your life, what is your ultimate prayer and to whom do you pray? Is He able to deliver you out of any crisis? Is He truly worth more than life itself?