‘One thing I have asked of the Lord, and that I will seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord [in His presence] all the days of my life, To gaze upon the beauty [the delightful loveliness and majestic grandeur] of the Lord And to meditate in His temple.’ – Amplified Version
What do you seek from the Lord?
How often do you think of God each day?
Undoubtedly King David was in a privileged position, he was King after all.
He would be forgiven, I suppose, if he was thinking about extending a wing or two, dealing with threats against his people, and the like.
Yet David tells us that the one thing he has asked the Lord for and the thing that he was seeking – actively trying to make a reality – was to dwell in the House of the Lord.
He could have meant the tabernacle where the Ark of the Covenant rested, or he could even have been thinking of the plans for the temple his son, Solomon, would build.
The Amplified Version suggests that he was talking about being in the presence of God, whether it be a tent, a temple, or the desert.
It was for more that this David was seeking, however.
He wanted to be in God’s presence al the days of my life. Each and every day close to God.
Gazing upon the true image of God – only Adam, Eve, and Moses, had done this according to the Old Testament – and to meditate upon that presence.
David wanted to be in God’s presence and to contemplate what he saw in God for all of his remaining days.
Our world maybe a lot of confusing and amazing things, and trying to live our lives the best way we can is often a hard thing to do.
Despite being a king, David had his own difficulties too; he made mistakes, from his choice in women and having his own son trying to kill him.
His one persistent prayer, however, was to be in the presence of God. To spend time with Him. To gaze upon the Creator of the World.
Not just once.
Is this our prayer, or hope, or longing?
How much time each day do we spend in God’s presence, reading the Bible, praying, or simply carrying on a conversation?
When we read His Word, look at the natural world, create art and music, dance and write, I believe we gaze upon the beauty of the Lord.
Brother Lawrence found God in the middle of the washing up. He teaches us that our God is in everything and that’s where we should converse with Him.
Washing up. Gardening. Shopping. Working. Any creative endeavour. Laughing. Sharing food.
Ask the Lord, as David did, to be in His presence all the days of your life, seek Him, and meditate with Him.