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.