Scripture for Today: Psalm 27:4 “One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple.”
Why are essential oils called, “essential?” For some, it’s because they are concentrated down to the essence of the odor, characteristics and taste of the plant. Others believe they are essential oils being essential to life. In either case, to become essential is to be reduce to a highly concentrated form. An example is one ounce of peppermint oil which takes sixteen pounds of fresh peppermint leaves to produce.
Today’s verse reduces all of life down to one concentrated desire on David’s part. He views his relationship to the Lord as the most essential component to his well-being. All of David’s attention is on the Lord. Above all else he wants to enjoy His presence. David asks of the Lord only one thing. Nothing is quite as important than spending time in His presence and enjoying His beauty. All else pales in comparison to the importance of his relationship to the Lover of his soul.
There is lots of talk today regarding what services in our world are “essential services.” Some are obvious and some seem to be up for interpretation. But one thing is essential to life here and to life eternally. I can regain my health, my finances and my social connections, but what good is any of it if I forfeit my soul? (Mark 8:36) I need Him. The Lord is essential. When everything else is stripped away, HE is still there. His presence and beauty are essential to my life. If I learn nothing else from life, may it be this!
Lord, You are my life.