One Holy Passion

By December 8, 2009Psalms

Some OT scholars that think Psalm 27 was originally two psalms. No wonder. Look at the stark contrast between the two spheres of action in the psalm: the conflict of the battle field and worship in the house of the Lord. It is the sheer genius of the Holy Spirit to stack these two spheres of action on top of one another in this psalm, to make us look at both of them at once, and show us a walk with Christ that is better than either pietism or pragmatism.  

Psalm 27 teaches us that life with God is both worship in the battle, the daily grind and battle in the worship, our personal and gathered times with Him. In more contemporary terms, life with God is devotional and practical at the same time.  Both these dimensions are the simultaneous and permanent reality of life this side of heaven. We live on a battlefield and we live in the presence of God and God intends us to embrace both! The Psalm comes to the aid of people with one holy passion, those who want to love and serve God with all their hearts: “One thing…one thing I have asked of the Lord,that will I seek…”  But how can anyone fight and worship at the same time?

Thankfully, there was One who engaged in this life and the needs of this world and never lost the fullness of God’s presence. John 1:14 tells us that “the Word became flesh and tabernacled with us”. Those who receive Jesus Christ transfer the whole of their lives under the tent, the tabernacle of Christ. The life of the believer is lived in the presence of God, now. It is lived in the light of His face, under the roof of His provision, protection and grace. In Christ, all of life is temple life. One holy passion, Christ, joins our devotional and practical passions into one.

“Seek first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness and all these things will be added to you.” John 6:33

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