What You’ve Always Wanted


April 21 (Psalm 27:4)

The one thing I ask of the Lord
    the thing I seek most—
is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
    delighting in the Lord’s perfections
    and meditating in his Temple.  (NLT)

If you have come to know Jesus, you have come to love Him.  The one cannot help but follow from the other.  And if you have come to love Him, you know that it is an all-consuming love.  You want more of Him.  You can’t get enough of Him.  You want to read His words, sing His praises, and be in His presence.  As in any relationship, of course, infidelity is possible, and we frequently stray to the arms of others, whether it be through the seductive call of pleasure or the abusive hands of fear.  Yet when we come back to ourselves, we come back to our truest love and find ourselves once again yearning to be with Him all the days of our life.

What makes this such a delicious yearning is that we know it can and will be fulfilled.  The one thing we seek the most, to dwell with God and delight in His perfections and meditate in His temple will happen thanks to the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  He has secured for us the deepest desire of our hearts.  We do not need to hope for it.  We do not need to wish it were so.  It is a sealed fact.  Those who have believed Him and believed in Him will enjoy unending life in His presence.

Friends, there is a reason Easter is the greatest day of the year.  It is Resurrection Day, and therefore it is the day that reminds us that what we truly and most deeply want, past all the superficial desires we spend our lives chasing, we already have, guaranteed and waiting for us at the time when Jesus makes all things new.

O Lord, my God, I praise You now and forevermore for the resurrection of Jesus, my Savior!  May You be glorified by the words of my lips, the actions of my hands, and thoughts of my mind as I live in the secure promise of everlasting communion with You.  I give You all that I am and all that I have in the name of Jesus, Who gave His all for me.  Amen.


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