“One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek:
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 seek him in his temple.
Yield!!! I was in a revival service in 1994 and the preacher kept yelling out ‘YIELD’. Looking back at that season in my life (and the body of Christ for whatever that’s worth) this was a one word prophesy to me; to us. YIELD!!! Yeah, He’s talking to you. Control is one of the biggest issues in all of our lives. Christianity isn’t you becoming a better you, it’s about yielding to the Lord. It is about surrendering control of everything; your heart, your desires, your body, your tongue, your plans. It is about yielding control to our God. But here is the catch (or the blessing depending how you look at it), He changes the very fabric of our being starting with our will or desires. We began to want different things and we begin to love different things. Here is Andrew Murray talking about this change.
“When God’s desire becomes our desire, these words also become our words: to dwell in His house, to gaze upon His beauty, and to seek Him in His temple. The more we realize God’s desire to give rest and peace in our heart, and the more our desire is quickened to dwell with Him and behold His beauty, the more the spirit of intercession will grow upon us to claim all that God has promised in His New Covenant.
We will start thinking more of our church and country, home and school. We will think of saved ones and their need, or the unsaved and the dangers that threaten them. We will think of God’s desire to find His home and His rest in the hearts of men. All thoughts of our weakness and unworthiness will be swallowed up in the wonderful assurance that He gave to His children: “This is my resting place for ever and ever; here I will sit enthroned, for I have desired it” (Psalm 132:14).”
Wow! Actually what Murray is describing is the fruit of salvation. Salvation of the soul is more than forgiveness of sins, it is also regeneration and reformation. Everything is changed. So how can someone join in with David singing,”One thing have I desired of the Lord”. The one thing is gazing on God’s beauty. You have to be saved to notice His beauty, you have to yield to want it.