Preaching, Teaching, and Notes

The Heart’s longing after the Lord, Himself

Psalm 27:4 “One thing have I desired of the Lord,  that will I seek after,  that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,  and behold the beauty of the Lord,  and to inquire in His temple.”

David was called the man after God’s heart, for his love to Him.  Despite David’s many failures,  some terrible,  David always returned to God.

Notice the action of this verse:   

“One thing have I desired of the Lord”;  this is of the heart.  He wanted it so much that he asked the Lord for it.

But he did not just ask.   He said, “I will seek after.”

He put his actions with his heart, and did everything he could to “dwell” with God.

That is what it means by “I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life”.     He did not want to lose his fellowship with God.  Or the joy of His presence with him.

Matthew 6:21 “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”

We praise God for the mercies we receive,  the grace given.

But how much do we love Him?

Love is willed.   Emotions come and go.

But love will last,  or will not.   If you “give up” on love,  you are willing to end it.

If you will to;  you may keep loving.

David said, he would keep loving and seeking after the Lord;  for the Lord was beautiful in all His glorious character:

He was merciful,  for He had heard David and helped him even when he kept his father’s sheep.

He was powerful, for the Lord strengthened David against a bear, a lion, Goliath, and many enemies he came against.

He was present, always.  In help, and in correction.

We can deny ourselves and do our duty, as Christians, because we know we have to.

Or for a benefit;  perhaps the Lord will answer my prayer and give me what I want, if I do what He wants here.

But love to God sees things differently.

The Lord always blesses obedience.  But He loves to be sought after;  and gives double blessings to those whose obedience is in love.

“I will seek after” is the loving heart’s response to the Lord, Himself.

Psalm 63:8 “My soul followeth hard after Thee:  Thy right hand upholdeth me.”

With the Lord, there is always an answer to our love.  He will show more of Himself to all those who want it.

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