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Be a "One Thing Person" Based on Psalm 27:4

Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.


The psalmist declared in Psalm 27:4 the one thing he desired.

"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 inquire in His temple."

Unlike David, most of us desire a lot of things. Many of those things are not needed to live a righteous life. Actually, material things keep us encumbered and unable to focus on God and things relating to God. Those things prevent us from being in God's presence and having intimacy with God.

We can learn a lot about the scripture above where the psalmist poured out his heart about his one desire. Let's examine that scripture in detail and discover what David knew about being a "one-thing" person.


Within that one scripture, there are six characteristics of being a one-thing person. You will see that the first description of the psalmist's desire was limited to a SINGULAR thing. Therefore, he did not have a long list of desires to rank in the order of importance. His only desire was at the top, middle, and bottom of his list. That shows how important intimacy with God was for David. Perhaps that is the main reason God described David as "a man after His own heart."


David's desire was a SEEKING desire. That means he went after what he wanted. He didn't just say what his desire was. He put action to his desire because he knew God would reward him for seeking Him (Hebrews 11:6).


David's had a DWELLING desire. The psalmist wanted to live in the presence of God forever. He didn't just want to visit the house of the Lord every now and then. He wanted to reside there continually. He knew all too well that "He who dwells in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty" (Psalm 91:1). That's where David always wanted to be.


David's desire was EVERLASTING. He didn't have a desire that would come and go. He wanted an everlasting desire that would be present all the days of his life. He reminded himself what he said in Psalm 23:6, "I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever."


David's had a BEHOLDING desire. That means "to look and see." David had a strong desire to look and see God face to face and to gaze upon His beauty.


David's desire was an INQUIRING one. He wanted to know the deep mysteries of God. He didn't rely on others telling Him about God. He wanted to know God for himself. The best way to do that was to be in a personal, intimate relationship with God. That way, he could talk to God and ask Him questions about Himself.


If you want to have a strong desire like David did, the best thing you should do is to limit your list. Be like David by being emphatic about one desire with those six characteristics listed in Psalm 27:4. Notice David limited his list to only one thing. Like David, we should limit our list and not have too many things on it. So, begin right away to eliminate unnecessary things from your list of desires.

David knew for sure the only way to have intimacy with God was to streamline his list to get what he desired. He was careful to include only one thing on his list with six characteristics that described his desire:

  1. singular
  2. seeking
  3. dwelling
  4. everlasting
  5. beholding
  6. inquiring

Like David in the Old Testament, our one desire should be intimacy with God. In the New Testament, Jesus tells his friend Martha that there are so many things that demanded her attention and energy. Jesus suggested that Martha should choose the better part by sitting at His feet for intimacy like her sister Mary (Luke 10:41-42).

Many things might certainly be important to us. However, only one thing should top the list. Our desire should be the same as those adjectives David used that are listed above. Let's vow to limit our list and pinpoint the one thing that we desire above everything else: intimacy with God.

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