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
The greatest desire of David’s life was to spend time in God’s presence. His ultimate goal was to see the Lord’s beauty with his own eyes. He didn’t ask for a shiny new chariot or a bigger, better harp. While we know David wasn’t a perfect man—he made lots of mistakes—the Bible calls him a man after God’s own heart. All I want is this.
… yet I will rejoice in the LORD; I will take joy in the God of my salvation. GOD, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer’s; he makes me tread on my high places.
Many years ago, he gave me this promise from the book of Habakkuk. How exciting, I thought. Until I realized what preceded this verse.
Habakkuk was able to rejoice in the Lord and take joy in the God of his salvation, even in the face of tremendously difficult circumstances. His prayers had remained unanswered; there was no fruit, no crops, no food. His finances were completely dried up and he was all alone. Yet, Habakkuk stood firm and said, “I will rejoice in the Lord.” Not only that, he was able to walk on the heights like a sure-footed deer because of the strength of the Lord his God. It was not long before I fully understood why the Lord had given me this particular promise.
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you.
People often ask me for counsel or advise, and I like to take them to this verse. The Lord is so personally concerned with our lives that he promises to instruct us and teach us which way to go. His eye is on us and he’s ready to counsel. One of the ways he does this is by speaking to us through his Word.
Sometimes we’d rather get counsel from other people while we leave God waiting on the sidelines. In most cases, he wants us to seek him so that he can show us the way we should go. Don’t miss out on the incredible experience of receiving counsel straight from God.
1 Corinthians 1:18
For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.
Here Paul sums up the gospel as the “word of the cross.” He states that the gospel is foolishness, or folly, to those who are perishing. So, what is the message of the cross? It is about self-denial; it is about sacrifice. It’s obedience, it’s suffering, and self-humiliation. The message of the cross is about losing one’s life—willingly laying it down—but in doing so, gaining eternal life. We are saved by the message, and thus, it is the power of God. Those who don’t accept the message will perish. But those who receive it will gain everlasting life.
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
To remember to renew my mind. To throw out those negative thoughts and cultivate right thinking.
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