Psa. 27:4 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.
It seems like the longer I walk with the Lord, the more I appreciate David’s focus. In the midst of unthinkable adversity and in enjoying lavish abundance and success he had come to consistent faith in God. His focus is best described and understood in this one verse. David was ultimately about ‘one thing’. Until you understand this, it is impossible to relate to or even begin to comprehend David. He had first tasted this ‘one thing’ when Samuel anointed him with oil. The Spirit of the Lord rush upon David and remained upon him. He had tasted something that would ultimately define his life. He learned the value of this ‘one thing’ in those lonely years in exile, spending years singing out to the Lord in his cave. After he became king, he continued this pursuit. What a picture is painted as we see David ushering the ark of the covenant, the place of God’s manifest glory, into Jerusalem. David was dancing with all his might in the presence of the glory of the Lord unaffected by the attitude of others who had no value for that ‘one thing’. Here are some beautiful thoughts from Daniel Wilcox who lived in 1676-1733.
“O my soul, what sights have I seen in the house of God! what provisions have I tasted! what entertainments have I had! what enlargements in prayer, and answers thereto! what impression under his word, what entertainment at his table, as he has sometimes brought me into his banqueting house, and his banner over me has been love! And though I cannot, it may be, say so much of this as some others; yet what I have found, I cannot but remember with thankfulness, and desire more; and as this was in the house of God, here would I still desire to dwell.”
What insights, what provisions, what enlargements in prayer, what impressions from His word, and what entertainments at His table; these can only be the words of someone who had tasted of the ‘one thing’. This ‘one thing’ is bigger than our enemies, more powerful than sickness, greater than our debt, and stronger than death. This is the one thing we dare not live our life without.