One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple. -Psalm 27:4
There were two motivations for this priority: one was to gaze on the beauty of the Lord; the other was to seek him in his temple.
The word, “gaze,” has almost a mystical quality to the action, for it means to look in an ecstatic state. There was such a wonderment and love within David for his God.
The other motivation was to seek God or to inquire of him. I liken it to having a fireside chat and asking God all the questions I can ask him.
David was so desiring to spend the rest of eternity being at God’s side. He probably was tired of the travails in the world he constantly endured.
He wanted his eyes to be fixed at pure divinity and not the ugliness of the human soul. He wanted to hear the melodic truth of God’s voice and not the discombobulation of the world.
How noble it would be to share in the desires of David!
And we can when we listen with our hearts to God’s melodic voice when we read his word. We can gaze at God’s beauty when we look at the world with love and offer ourselves in selfless service to our fellowmen.
We don’t need to wait to be in heaven to experience being at God’s side. We only need to abide in Jesus.
Eternity can begin today.
Imagine the anguish of David, a “man after God’s own heart,” so deep that it became a prophetic utterance spoken years later by Jesus as he was dying on the cross at Calvary.
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish? –Psalm 22:1
David continues his lament with, My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, by night, but I find no rest.
Many times we might find ourselves in David’s situation and, what’s worse, we feel God isn’t hearing nor answering our prayers. We then begin to despair, lose hope and give up on God.
Yet, although David found himself in a desperate situation, he never gave up on God. Instead, he looked to the sovereignty of God. He knew God was in control.
Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One; you are the one Israel praises ( verse 3).
He didn’t rely on what he thought his situation was; he relied on what he knew about God.
Thus, he submitted himself to the will of God, not that God desired for David to be in anguish. But for David to come to a greater experience of God’s deliverance and goodness.
Posterity will serve him; future generations will be told about the Lord. They will proclaim his righteousness, declaring to a people yet unborn: He has done it (verses 30-31)!
Today’s disappointment may just be leading you to a divine appointment.
When Absalom rebelled against his father, King David, he was able to bring the populace along with him through lies and deception; so much so that even some of David’s advisors began to talk against him.
David no longer knew whom to trust. And the untruths were bringing him to despair.
So what was David’s reaction? Did he try to drown out the misleading voices with what he knew was the truth? Did he counter the lies with his own lies against Absalom? Did he allow himself to just wither away and disappear?
No. What he did was to affirm one truth he held about God.
But you, LORD, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. -Psalm 3:3
Truth belongs to the Lord! And it is powerful against the lies Satan throws at you. Didn’t Jesus battle Satan’s lies with the word of God and triumph?
The Apostle Paul compared God’s word with the sword of the Spirit. So did the writer of the Book of Hebrews.
God’s word cuts deep into the fallacies of the enemy so that truth can prevail and carry us through difficult situations. Truth declares that God is mighty and has abundantly good intentions for us.
You only need to believe. David did and he triumphed.
So will you!