I love conversation-starter questions. I actually have a jar that I use with my children when we have private snack time. The jar contains slips of paper with simple questions on them to help us grow in our fellowship and keep our lines of communication open. We take turns drawing a piece of paper out and reading it. Then we both answer the question.
Some of the questions:
- "What makes you laugh?"
- "What makes you sad?"
- "If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go?"
- "If you could meet anyone in history, who would you meet?"
There are twenty questions in the jar. That jar has helped us have amazing times of fellowship. In Psalm 27, it's almost like someone asked David a conversation-starter question.
"David, if you could only have one thing, what would it be?"
Psalm 27:4 "One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple."
Of all the things David could have said...
- That my enemies would be destroyed.
- That I would have a vast empire.
- That I would never grow old.
- That I could bathe in chocolate fountains twice a day. (Wouldn't that be a dream!)
David says, If I could just have one thing it would be to dwell in the place where God meets with His people. He longed for constant, close intimacy with God. He didn't want to just have a temple. He didn't want just to visit the temple. He wanted to dwell in the house of the Lord! He hungered for God. There was nothing in the world that held his heart the way his God did. He would willingly set everything else in life aside for the Lord. It was his love and his pursuit.
Where is my heart? If I could only have one thing, what would it be? Material things like a house, land, wealth? Would I long for beauty, power, or fame? Would I choose family or friends? Would I long for health and long life? Would I ask for safety for my family? Would success be my heart's desire? If I could only have one thing, would I choose, without hesitation and with honest desire and longing, to live out the rest of my days in intense, close, intimate fellowship with my Saviour, Jesus?
- I’d rather have Jesus than silver or gold;
I’d rather be His than have riches untold;
I’d rather have Jesus than houses or lands;
I’d rather be led by His nail-pierced hand
Than to be the king of a vast domain
Or be held in sin’s dread sway;
I’d rather have Jesus than anything
This world affords today.
- I’d rather have Jesus than men’s applause;
I’d rather be faithful to His dear cause;
I’d rather have Jesus than worldwide fame;
I’d rather be true to His holy name
- He’s fairer than lilies of rarest bloom;
He’s sweeter than honey from out the comb;
He’s all that my hungering spirit needs;
I’d rather have Jesus and let Him lead