One Thing

Last Sunday, the folks at the Well extended a gracious invitation for me to speak at their meeting. Having just concluded a Bible study on the life of King David, I used the platform as an opportunity to speak about his desire to seek the Lord from Psalm 27, specifically verse 4:

One thing I have desired of the LORD,
That will I seek:
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.

As I continue to meditate upon this verse, I cannot help but to connect it to the scene in Luke 10, where Jesus is visiting his friends Martha, Mary and Lazarus.  As Martha is offering her services, she complains to the Master that her sister is doing little but sitting to listen to Him.  His response is quite surprising, as He tells Martha, “One thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken from her.”  In other words, Jesus affirms Mary’s (in)action as the response that He has been looking for.  No where else in the Gospels do we find Jesus using such strong language to describe someone’s actions in response to Him or something that He does.  All this in opposition to Martha’s request that something profitable be done.

In summary:

King David:  “One thing I seek….”

Jesus:  “One thing is needed….”

Gazing and listening.  Could it be that in the wisdom of God, this posture of receiving from Him could be much more important than anything that we could concoct to do for Him?

1 comment
  1. So true. Difficult to sit still and receive, quiet my soul, listen. I want to be one who chooses the “better part” though.


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