Bethany’s theme for this school year is “One Thing,” and our Bible verse will be 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."
At some point, everyone has imagined finding their own personal genie and being granted three wishes. The most common requests are money, power, health, or happiness. Those are certainly sensible requests. However, in Psalm 27, King David sings prayerfully to God and requests just one thing — to forever dwell in the presence of God and to gaze upon His beauty. If you know the story of David, it seems that he had far more obvious choices. Even in this psalm, we learn that he was surrounded by enemies; armies plotted to besiege his city; people slandered him; and war is soon to break out. David was facing tremendous crises, yet in the midst of all these anxiety-inducing situations, David recognized that the Lord alone was his strong fortress, his greatest treasure, his unfailing strength, his source of everlasting life, and his wellspring of joy.
The “one thing” that David wanted more than anything else was to draw near to God, who reigns sovereignly over all things and is the source of every blessing.
While it is humbling to consider David’s intense desire to experience the presence of the Lord, it is even more stunning to consider that this same Lord demonstrated a FAR greater desire to be with you — a desire so intense that it led Him to the Cross. The same God who listened to David’s prayers became a man — Jesus Christ. On the night before his crucifixion, Jesus knelt in the Garden of Gethsemane, praying fervently to His Father. Faced with the prospect of unimaginable suffering, Jesus expressed his great desire, which would satisfy David’s sole desire: “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me… and to see my glory” (John 17:24).
In other words, YOU are the “one thing” that Christ desired when He suffered upon the cross. Our infinite God, who controls all things, passionately desires to spend eternity with you. He is utterly beautiful and worthy of our adoration. Here at Bethany, we want our students to know that they are loved and cherished by this God — regardless of their performance or circumstances.
If you would like to learn more about the Christian faith as it’s taught at Bethany, we invite you to Alpha — a series of dinners and open discussions to explore our faith. The first of these dinners is on September 13th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Dinner and childcare are provided free of charge. For more information, visit www.riovistachurch.com/tryalpha.