What are you desiring most this year? Does anyone want more of God!? When holiday meals become thrown away leftovers and New Year’s habits fizzle into last year’s patterns, what are our souls left hungering for?
Setting our eyes on exemplary examples brings inspiration and permission to pursue. As we take the next 7 weeks to look at one verse, we are going to see the core of an exemplary man, “a man after God’s own heart” (1 Sam 13:14).
King David’s life is a picture of pursuit. In prosperity or in promotion, in pain or in persecution, David’s life was marked by a single pursuit of intimately loving God (Ps 101:1-4) and walking as a lover of people through meekness (Ps 18:35). Our hearts are going to burn as we dissect the core burning of his heart in Psalm 27:4.
Let’s pursue OneThing. Let’s pursue our Coming King, Jesus.
4 One thing have I asked of the Lord,
that will I seek after:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord
and to inquire in his temple.
7 I will tell of the decree:
The Lord said to me, “You are my Son;
today I have begotten you.
8 Ask of me, and I will make the nations your heritage,
and the ends of the earth your possession.
24 Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world.
4:1 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” 4 But he answered, “It is written,
“‘Man shall not live by bread alone,
but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and set him on the pinnacle of the temple 6 and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down, for it is written,
“‘He will command his angels concerning you,’
“‘On their hands they will bear you up,
lest you strike your foot against a stone.’”
7 Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’” 8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. 9 And he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” 10 Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written,
“‘You shall worship the Lord your God
and him only shall you serve.’”
11 Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and were ministering to him.