Today's devotion from Psalms 24 through 26.
What is it that you want of God? No. That's not a typo. I'm not asking what you want from Him. Instead, I'm asking how much of God you want. You see, this is a prevalent problem that many of us have. We petition God to do things for us, to give us something, or some other such request.
I am challenged by David's words here. While dependent on God for salvation, that's not his only request. Even though he needs protection and provision, that is not all he desires. In Psalm 25, David says he will wait all day, but for what? Read his words, "Make your ways known to me, Lord; teach me your paths. 5 Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; I wait for you all day long." (Psalm 25:4-5, CSB)
You see, David didn't just want things from God, but to know Him more. He longed to be more aware of God's way. It wasn't just something that would be good if he could know more about God, but he truly longed for it. But the implication is not just that David wanted more information, but he thought by applying what he learned he could get closer to God. He wanted more of God.
Throughout the day, I ask God for many things. Some of my prayers center on subjects that are embarrassingly shallow, others are of great eternal significance, and most are somewhere in between, but few are ever focused on me simply getting closer to or getting more of God.
Yet, the reason that my prayer life often neglects this important issue is not because God isn't offering. It's because I'm often satisfied with asking from God instead of seeking God Himself. Hopefully, David's words will be a reminder for us to not be content with things when we could ask for a closer and more intimate walk with our God.