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 [a]beauty of the Lord,
And to inquire in His temple.


I was struck by something tonight…

The cry of David in Psalm 27:4 didn’t originate in the heart of David.  It’s actually an echo of the heart of God.  David longed for dwelling with God because God longs to dwell with man.  The very desire expressed in and through David was a response to the Father’s desire for him. 

From the garden of Eden to the establishment of Israel, to the cross of Jesus; the longing of God’s heart has been on display.   He would be Immanuel, God with us.  He would make a way for us to be where He is.  He would rend the heavens and come down.  He would leave the 99 to go after the one.  He would reveal himself in the face of Christ.  He would find his resting place among those who receive him.  He would join us in a dance of delight as we look upon His beauty and discover the fire in his gaze. 

Psalm 27:4 isn’t about a man longing for a distant God, but rather is the cry of a man who has been loved first who then responds with such single-minded devotion it alters history.

Submitted by Sandra Naugle