The word “Desirable” means, according to the dictionary definition: “Worthy to be desired; pleasing, excellent, or fine.” The word “Desire” means, according to the dictionary definition: “to wish for; to crave, to want, a long or craving.”
To have desirable desires then would be to have desires that are attractive, and sought after, desires that are longed for. In fact, desirable desires are those things, or attitudes that one can’t live without.
Did you know that there are web-sites that ask people “what is the one things that you can not live without? I was thinking about that when I read Psalm 24:4 today. What is the one thing that I desire or really can’t live without?
I went to one of those web sites and here are some of the things that everyday people say they cannot live without: Swiss Army Knife, the internet, coffee, memories, my IPod, my IPhone, TV, AC, music, friends. I was shocked and dismayed that no one said the preacher’s sermon. But I knew that already.
If you could ask God for just one thing, what would it be?
Maybe you would ask God for a loved one, family member or friend, to be healed of some sickness or disease;
Maybe you would ask God for someone you know to be saved;
Maybe you would ask God for an answer to a difficult situation that you are in right now, for some direction for your life right now.
Maybe you’ve never thought about only one thing. Usually when we think of one thing it leads to another and another and another.
“The One Thing I ask of the Lord—the thing I seek the 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.” Psalm 27:4 TNT
David had a different idea about asking God for one thing in this passage of Scripture. His one thing had to do with the depth of intimacy in his relationship to God. David had a deep passion to know God as intimately as he could. The Psalms are filled with David constantly calling and crying out to God. He wanted an intimate relationship with God more than anything else in life. That was his one thing.
What about us? Do we desire that one thing? We say we know God, but do we know Him? Is the one thing of our life “to know Him deeply, intimately, passionately, and purposefully?”
Augustine said: “You have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.” Do you have a restless-ness in your heart right now because you are not resting in Him?
The Path Continues…