One Thing

Psalm 27:4 “One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek: 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 seek him in his temple” (NIV).

Observation: Psalm 27 exudes David’s confident faith in the Lord. He declared God to be his stronghold in the midst of his enemies. He stated his determination to sacrifice with joy, to sing and make music before the Lord even though surrounded by enemies. He expressed certainty that he would “see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living” (Psalm 27:13, NIV). In the midst of his exultation, David had one consistent lifelong prayer: to dwell in the house of the Lord, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple.

Application: If ever a man accurately assessed the source of his effectiveness, it was David in Psalm 27:4. In every season of life he was a man of one overriding desire. Whether as the warrior king conquering his nation’s enemies or as a lustful, sinful man whose punishment included burying his own sons, David asked one thing of the Lord with unfailing consistency: to dwell in the house of the Lord, to gaze upon His beauty, and to seek Him in His temple.

His is the heart cry of longing for intimacy with God. David, who had repeatedly led his people into war, was a tender-hearted man who thirsted for just one thing.  He had seen the Lord’s beauty and was determined to allow nothing to interrupt his focused gaze into that place of beauty. The passionate longing of David’s heart gave him courage, not merely in the face of external enemies or personal loss, but courage to know he was secure in his intimacy with God. 

Like the well-married couple content to merely gaze upon one another, to drink in every soft curve of her face, to explore the depth of blazing color in her eyes, to trace evidence of laughter freely given; this is the one thing David determined to pursue of His beloved. When I read his desire to dwell in the Lord’s house and to seek Him in His temple, I must not allow the mind to imagine a solitary man wandering through a deserted sanctuary. Rather, here is a man who had learned to drill down deep into the heart of God. David pursued God as his friend, mentor, and lover. Regardless of the number of his days upon earth, he knew he would never drink in enough of God’s magnificence, but he determined to try all the days of his life.

Prayer:  O Lord, I too want to be a man of one thing. Ignite my heart to greater passion for You.I choose to consciously set aside other pursuits, lesser pleasures, in search of greater intimacy with You. Cause everything else to dim in the light of Your marvelous love.

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