One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I 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 inquire in His temple. For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; in the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock. (Psalm 27:4-5)
What More Could I Want
Many lofty goals are sought in life driving the ambitions and desires of men. Some want to accomplish a feat of greatness so their name will be remembered in history. Others want to have the popularity of the world as multitudes throng to see them or hear them. Men drive themselves to secure position and power feeling the surge of commanding the respect of their peers. There are many reasons for seeking the fleeting moments of life. David had a simple task in his life. The shepherd only wanted to dwell in the house of the Lord. He was a great hero of the people killing the Philistine giant but this was not his goal. His love and compassion filled the hearts of the people and he served as a king of great nobility but this was not his aim. David’s life was a three-fold plan: he wanted to dwell in the house of the Lord; he wanted to behold the beauty of His Lord; and he had a great longing to know about the love of his God.
The goals we have in life will govern how we live our lives. If a person wants to win gold medals at the Olympics, their life will be possessed of many years of tireless, daily work to stand on that victorious podium. Sadly, after the medal is won, there is less to live for in life as time and life take a toll. The only part of life that will never end is the desire to dwell with the Lord. Worship for David was not a prosthetic to be taken off and on but the consummation of his life. He loved to worship. His desire was to see how beautiful his Lord was and to listen more and more to His word. He understood what it meant to worship God.
Jesus came to earth and offered Himself as the sacrifice for sin. There is no comparison with what He did for us to any gift we can give or try to repay. The church was established so that we can find the joy of worship to a merciful God. How often must we beg and cajole the children of God to come and worship the Lord? There seems to be a spirit of apathy about worship permeating the lives of God’s people. Worship services are no longer times of joy and praise. It becomes a matter of convenience if we decide to gather for worship. This comes from lives that are filled with everything in this world and little desire to come into the house of the Lord. David reminds us of what true worship means. He found happiness only when he could worship his Lord. Everything he could know about God was his goal. His heart was filled with the praise of his Creator.
It would do well for the children of God to take stock in the attitude to David. If there is one thing in life we should want to do, it should be to dwell in the house of the Lord. Our deepest desire should be to behold the beauty of the Lord in every part of our being. The word of God must be a daily provision that we must hunger and thirst for as we grow in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ. Filling our lives with this desire will give us the greatest joy we will find in life. The greatest measure of that joy will be found when we dwell in the eternal home of the Lord. Then we will see His beauty face to face.