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 NKJV)
The Psalmist writes these beautiful words telling about where his heart is. The desire in the heart of David isn’t a shallow prayer, but rather something he is seeking and really going after. It’s something one can’t really rush. His heart is to DWELL with God every day of his life. Not to just stop in for a visit, but to dwell, to sit and stay awhile.
He goes on to say that he wants to BEHOLD God’s beauty. There’s a difference between glancing at and beholding someone. Beholding involves gazing and looking deeply into. And then David says that he wants to INQUIRE. To inquire is to consider something and inspect it. Again, it requires time. David was well aware that being with God and really getting to know Him requires time. In short, he is saying…. My heart’s desire is to be where God is; to sit with Him, to look at Him, to inspect and consider Who the Lord really is. David goes on to say that God hides him in times of trouble and that God sets him high on a rock.
Most of us would probably say that we would love to have a heart for God like the Psalmist David did. But it’s important for us to understand that getting to know God requires time. It’s easy to rush through our day and then fall into bed each night, only to wake up the next morning and run out and do it all over again. When do we have time in our day to DWELL, to BEHOLD, and to INQUIRE? I’m not sure everyone could answer this the same way, but it is an important question that we should take before the Lord.
Let’s stop right now and ask God: “What adjustments in my life do I need to make to be able to spend the necessary time to know You more?” As we dedicate our hearts this month in prayer let’s be open to know and experience God like never before, and with the Psalmist say, “One thing I have desired…”
Submit to God your schedule and plans for both today and the future Proverbs 3:5-6; Psalm 37:23
Commit your heart to know the Lord in a deeper way than ever before. Psalm 27:4-5; Psalm 42:1-2