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One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do 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.
In the context of Psalm 24, David confessed the Lord as his stronghold even while being ravenously pursued by his enemies. His hope and confidence sprang from God alone. David was so overwhelmed by the beauty of the Lord that his sole desire was to spend time with the Lord.
Have you ever been reading a Scripture passage about Jesus and found yourself completely captivated by Him? What was the passage? Why did it captivate you so much?
Like the Psalmist, take yourself back to the moment when Jesus captivated you and pray through the following words:
Lord, I ask that you would put in my heart a true desire to seek after you. I want to know you and love you more. Jesus, would you captivate my heart in such a way that spending time with You becomes more than just a checklist and turns into the most important meeting of my day? Help me to seek you in every aspect of my life.
Lord, not only do I want to seek You, but also I want to dwell with You and walk with You. I acknowledge the truth that You never leave me nor forsake me; You are always beside me. Keep me from wandering from You, Jesus. Keep me close to Your side. I recognize that I often stray from You, Jesus, but I hold on to the truth that You never give up on me or let me go. You constantly pursue me and I ask that You would draw me closer to You.
Lord, I want to gaze upon Your beauty just like David did. Help me to fix my gaze upon You and allow You to be the central desire of my life. Jesus, You are beautiful and glorious in all that You are. Increase my affections for You, Jesus, so that You become the central theme of my thoughts. I pray that through Your Word, You would give me a better understanding of who You are.