To Dwell in The Temple Forever- A Devotion on Psalm 27.4

(Note: I am currently attending the SBC meeting in Louisville Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and will not be making as regular posts as normal until it is over.  However, when I return there will be several days commentary on the convention and all of the outside events which I will be attending during the week.  Please stay tuned.)

One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in his temple. ” (Psalm 27.4)

These words sound so beautiful when put in a song (i.e. Better is One Day), and earnestly we will sing them on a Sunday morning at church, but when it comes down to it, have we not forsaken this idea altogether?  Does anyone ponder the goal of the Christian life anymore?  If they do, do they do so with the Scripture in front of them?  What is our endgame?  Where do we see ourselves when this is all over?

God’s promise to us, delivered by Jesus to John, is that “the dwelling place of God [will be] with man [and] he will dwell with [us], and [we] will be his people, and God himself will be with [us] as [our ] God” (Revelation 21.3).  Does anybody want this anymore?  Clearly David did in Psalms 23 and 27.  We sound like we do in hymns and prayer.  But do we really? 

It is important that we regain this desire to meditate in the presence of God once more, to gaze upon his beauty.  This is where we’re headed.  I pray that we’re not too sorely disappointed when we get there.

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