Day 10: January 10, 2019
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Rest is exactly what King David needed. A lowly shepherd boy who eventually became king of Judah, and later all of flourishing Israel. Surrounded by armies. Under attack by the wicked. He was certainly weary and burdened. Yet, although in the midst of great danger and threats, David decided one thing: his desire was for intimacy with God. He penned the words in Psalm 27:4 about that one thing.
However, the relationship did not start there. This goes all the way back to the beginning, when God made man in His image. Yes, the creation of Adam and Eve is evidence of the capacity for relationships. But do not miss the relationship with God. Notice that immediately after Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit, they covered themselves in their shame. And that was not all. When they heard the Lord, they hid themselves, and the Lord called to Adam, “Where are you?” (Genesis 3:9). Sometimes we overlook the significance of that question, but it bears noting. Certainly, the omniscient and omnipresent Creator knew Adam’s location. So why ask this question? Because the relationship had been broken. Intimacy was lost.
Fortunately, the story and the relationship did not end there. What followed was a tapestry woven through time and history in which God would make a covenant – an intimate relationship based on a promise – first with Abraham and then later through Jesus Christ. He rewards those who earnestly seek Him (Hebrews 11:6).
One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek (Psalm 27:4). David made a decision, and he decided to seek intimacy with God. As the rest of Psalm 27 unfolds, more of his intimate prayer to God is seen. He certainly would have agreed with the prophet Jeremiah, who wrote to those exiled in Babylon, “Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart” (Jeremiah 29:12-13).
As I write this, I am convicted to pray more. I encourage you to consider David’s example and make the decision to seek God, to ask Him for intimate fellowship, in prayer today.
In the space below, write down areas in your life in which you are prone to neglect seeking God (work, hobbies, trial, activities, etc.).
Take some time to pray that God would remind you of His presence in those things. As you go about your day, take a moment to pray before engaging in them.
Church-Wide Prayer Focus
Pray that every Harvester will receive God’s grace and give God’s grace to others.
Pray for these Harvesters:
Zelalem Feleke & Emnet Demissie, Christian & Betselot
Daniel & Sarah Flippo, Brooke, Courtney, & Amy
Missionaries: Chris and Debbie Johnson, Brianna (Europe)