This was the title of a sermon I delivered this morning at our church. Taken from Psalm 27, it speaks about what King David considered to be the most important thing in his life.
I’d like to share my text with you, as well a few notes that may be of encouragement to someone.
3 Though an army may encamp against me,
My heart shall not fear;
Though war may rise against me,
In this I will be confident.
4 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.
5 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.
6 And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me; Therefore I will offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord.
7 Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice
8 When You said, “Seek My face,”
My heart said to You, “Your face, Lord, I will seek.”
If you have ever felt that overwhelming feeling like it’s you against the world, you can appreciate what David is saying here. I can relate to what he is saying, because just like a lot of you I’ve been in that scary place where I’m surrounded by trouble and despair.
David uses a military analogy to describe his approach to such a situation. Whether it’s a person or an army, or even war itself, should it come against him David said that he would be confident.
The question that immediately comes to mind is confident in what? What David was saying here was that I’ve experienced God’s deliverance many times over the course of my lifetime, and I believe He will do it again.
How about you? Do you believe God will do it again? Is he still able to deliver? I know He is more than able!
David then reveals something from the depths of his heart, something that people in positions of great power and authority rarely do.
He says that he has desired just one thing of the Lord, and that was to dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
Does that sound like something a man of war would say? How unusual would it be to hear a king say that his desire is to behold the beauty of the Lord and to enquire in his temple?
Pretty bizarre, if you ask me.
My mind immediately goes to thoughts of “is this the same David who committed adultery? The same David who conspired to murder? The same David of whom they sang of killing tens of thousands”?
Yes! Warts and all it was that David!
The David whose life was marred by sin and destruction.
The David who would pay dearly for the sins he committed.
The David who carried an enormous amount of baggage throughout his life.
Want to know something? All of us are marred. All of us carry with us the scars of our past.
Scripture reminds us that there is none righteous, not even one(Romans 3:10).
David was saying to the Lord that he desired to be in the presence of the Lord more than anything else.
David was King, and as such could have asked for and received anything he desired. But it wasn’t riches, or real estate, or battlefield victories he wanted.
He wanted God. Despite his history and despite the mistakes of his past, what he longed for was intimacy with God.
What are you longing for today? What does your heart desire?
I find it encouraging that David wasn’t looking for entertainment in God’s house. He wasn’t looking to be seen. He wasn’t looking for accolades from the meek and lowly.
He simply wanted to dwell in God’s house, to bask in His presence.
Isn’t that why all of us should desire to be in God’s house?
David also recognized that in God’s house was safety and security. In the time of trouble David said that God would hide him in His pavilion. In the secret of the tabernacle God would hide him.
God’s house was the one place that David felt safe from his enemies. As King of Israel, David had a target on his back, yet in God’s house he felt safe.
In Psalm 46:1 David declares that “God is our refuge, a very present help in trouble”.
So many times in my own life I have ran to the Lord seeking refuge from the storm that was raging. Like David, I can testify that He is indeed a “very present help in trouble”.
As I ponder this Psalm of David about being in God’s house, my mind wanders back to an old gospel song that goes something like this:
“When I walk through the doors, I felt His presence.
And I knew this was the place where love abounds.
For this is the temple, Jehovah God abides here.
And we are standing in His presence, on holy ground”.
That’s how I see being in God’s house. A holy place on holy ground.
David then tells us that in God’s house he will offer sacrifices of joy, and that he will sing praises unto the Lord.
I wonder, is this what we do when we enter His courts? Do we come in to the presence of God with a complaint or a praise?
Something to think about, isn’t it?
As a matter of fact, I asked our congregation this morning how long will we remain mute in the house of God. What would it take for us to shake off the heavy bands and lift up holy hands in praise to the King of Kings?
I shared with them how that in Psalm 22:3 David had said “But thou are holy, O thou that inhabits the praises of Israel”.
I am a firm believer that when we lift our praise and worship to the Almighty, He will come down and inhabit, or bask in our worship. Call me a fanatic, but that’s how I see it!
This is the Readers Digest version of my message this morning, and I sincerely hope you will derive some comfort from it.
I will close this blog just as I did the message this morning by asking the question:
“What Does Your Heart Desire”?
Until the next time, may the Lord keep you safe in His arms.