Only One Thing is Worthy

Valerie Ferrara


The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the defense of my life; whom shall I dread? When evildoers came upon me to devour my flesh, my adversaries and my enemies, they stumbled and fell. Though a host encamp against me, my heart will not fear; though war arise against me, in spite of this I shall be confident.

One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall seek: 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 meditate in His temple. For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle; in the secret place of His tent He will hide me; He will lift me up on a rock.  --Psalm 27:1-5

Mr. Omar Brown, Boston Trinity's Chaplain, told students Wednesday morning, "Only one thing is worthy." He asked, "What does it mean to have only one desire? We live in a time where we have so many choices about everything. Our culture says, 'You can have it all; you need it all, you must have it all.' So, when David said 'one thing,' what did he mean?"

"How can we want just one thing?" Mr. Brown asked. "Does this mean we don't want food, or sleep, or a good family? No, rather, this is a desire that shapes and transforms every other desire." Chaplain Brown went on to explain that we must view this Psalm in the context of David's life. Over the course of his life, David had experienced the highest of highs and the lowest of lows; toward the end of his life he wanted only one thing: to be with God and gaze on His beauty. "No one before David described God as beautiful," Mr. Brown said. "David's experiences with and his devotion to God brought him to the revelation that God was all he needed."

Mr. Brown challenged the students by asking, "What is your desire today?" He continued, "Some of you are going through hard things. Some of you wonder if God sees you. Some of you are struggling with your identity, with who you are. But the only thing that satisfies the deepest desire of your heart is worship. Worship gives everything else its meaning. Worship helps you see God in the right way." He concluded, "This doesn't mean life will be perfect. But may you have the love, joy, and desire to overcome everything that tries to overcome you."