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THE GREATEST PRIORITY

THE GREATEST PRIORITY

Gerard_van_Honthorst_-_King_David_Playing_the_Harp_-_Google_Art_Project-1Spiritual Practices for Busy People

It can be a challenge to keep our priorities straight in today’s world. Who of us doesn’t struggle against the relentless tyranny of the urgent! Mix in the media, the culture, bad news from around the world, and it’s difficult to keep the main thing as the main thing.

A busy, hard-pressed King David has inspired many to put life’s greatest priority right up there at the top. David knew life’s pressures as a military leader, statesman, poet, musician, and true “Renaissance Man”. Far from perfect, David sinned greatly and was greatly forgiven, but God wrote him down as a success in His Book. The Bible even calls David “a man after God’s own heart” (Acts 13:22). Better than most, David made the greatest priority the number one priority for his life.

David sings in Psalm 27:4 about the greatest priority:

One thing I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after:
to live 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.

Throughout the various stages of his life, the “one thing” David gave himself to was to live daily in God’s presence, beholding God’s beauty. Whether in a palace, wilderness, or, battleground, David was determined to live in constant God-awareness. And David found that living in God’s constant presence was also to experience God’s constant love and protection:

For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble;
he will conceal me under the cover of his tent;
he will set me high on a rock (Psalm 27:5).

There was a time in my life that I asked God to help me make the greatest priority the number one priority for my life. After having made other things my priority, I longed to make knowing God to be number one. God then brought to my path others who also longed to live each day with God. They taught me much about the delight of the greatest priority.

Beginning today, and continuing over the next several weeks, I want to pass on to you some spiritual practices that have helped many people to live each day in God’s presence and beauty. I pass them on to you believing that they will also open up for you new and unimagined dimensions of living. By making the greatest priority your top priority, you will find everything else falling into place.

Practice One: The Daily God Hunt
In God we live and move and have our being.
Acts 17:28

While God is always and everywhere present to us, we are not always present to Him. This first spiritual practice can help us awaken to the God who is always with us, the God in Whom we live and move and have our very being.

This practice is one way in which many, like David, have sought to live daily in God’s presence beholding His beauty. There are various forms of this ancient practice of beholding God, but I have chosen a form called the “Daily God Hunt”. I came across this spiritual practice in David and Karen Mains’ book, Daring to Dream Again. Some people hunt for deer, some hunt for gold and other treasure; the Daily God Hunt is a daily hunting for God.

We start the Daily God Hunt in the morning with a simple prayer telling God that we are going to be watching for Him throughout the day. Then, with eyes wide open to God’s presence, we look for Him in any one or more of the following ways:

  • An obvious answer to prayer
  • God showing Himself in His creation (beautiful sunrise, colorful flowers, exquisite design of a leaf, etc.)
  • God being present to you in another person
  • God helping you to do His work in the world
  • Any evidence of God’s love and care for you
  • Add your God moments here…

At day’s end, take a few moments to reflect back on your day and note any God Sightings you had. Thank God for those God Sightings and His presence with you throughout the day. You can double your delight by sharing your God Sightings with another person; your God Sightings can be an encouragement to them as well as to you. The more we seek to be present to God throughout the day, the more we become aware of Him and experience His presence.

Grace and peace,
Tim

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