Live As If God Is Number One!

C. Hayden
King David, yes, the same David who slew the giant Goliath, had many talents and gifts that he was able
to use in service to the Lord our God. David was an extremely gifted warrior, military general, keeper of
Jewish law, and well-loved (and hated by enemies) king of the nation of Israel. He was also well versed
in musicianship and song writing. The lion’s share of the book of Psalms was written by this military
commander. Psalm 27:4, a Psalm of David says this, “One thing have I desired 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 behold the beauty of the
LORD, and to enquire in His temple.” What this mega-successful man of God desired above everything else was to find himself in the continual presence of our Lord Jesus.
His desire was not for more power, more money, more success, more temples, more concubines, more
of anything else the world had to offer. David’s desire was to have more of God’s presence; a cup filled to the full of Jesus Himself. Some people come to the Lord because of their fear of death. Some come to the Lord for the hope of help in their time of trouble. Some because they have found no place else to turn. It really doesn’t
matter why you come. Just that you come. But hopefully, after seeing the wonder of Jesus, if you have
seen is unimaginable goodness, we come to the place where nothing is as important as our relationship
with Christ.
The Apostle Paul, in Philippians 3, states that everything he had gained in life as a high leader,
educated ruler, keeper of the law, and Pharisee in the Jewish culture, was absolutely worthless in
comparison to knowing his Lord and Savior. In fact, Paul viewed his possessions, education, positions,
wealth, and royal lineage as dung (animal waste), next to knowing Him, the power of His resurrection,
the fellowship of His sufferings, and being conformed to the very likeness of His Master’s death. Wow,
what a statement. All that Paul gave up for his relationship with Christ had no value in comparison to
what he gained by following Christ. Both David and Paul, through their writings to God’s people the
extreme importance of putting God first in our lives. He should always be our Number One!
Be blessed even more you wonderful children of God!!
Pastor Chris

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