Forty Wishes (Psalms 27:4)

My colleague likes to give a written test for job applicants applying to his health care company. Before the actual interview, he asks them to write down their forty top wishes, or as many as they can complete. His objective is twofold; he is looking for evidence of creativity and diligence to complete the entire task, and he is also seeking to gain insight into their personalities. He is looking for applicants who are unselfish, seeking wishes for others rather than themselves. Predictably some applicants did not take the test very seriously. One flippantly wrote, “I wish for a thousand more wishes!” Puerile at best. Rejected!


Other applicants were more thoughtful. One, who was orphaned at a young age, wished that all children would have the benefit of parents and a stable family. Another said he would donate his wishes to someone who was poor and never had the benefits of a good education and job like he did.


After listening to this, I wondered, what would I wish? I would love to sound altruistic and unselfish, to be like a Mother Teresa. But aside from a generic and lofty wish like finding a cure for cancer, I was stymied. I began to seriously doubt the motives of my heart. Was I so selfish and self-centered that I could not come up with forty wishes to help others?


One thing have I asked 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 gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in his temple.

Psalms 27:4 (ESV)


King David, who wrote these words, only had one wish, to dwell in the presence of God. He knew that if he were to be used by God, He would first need to be in a right relationship with Him. We all need to make this our one desire, our one wish. How do we do this?


Forty wishes? I only want one, that everyone would confess and repent of their sins and accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Only then will your soul’s deepest desires be fulfilled as you allow God to lead you in this life and into the next.



Love and trust the Lord; seek His will in your life.

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