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….that is good…
….But how much do we love Him?
Love is willed. It takes in the whole of man…..for once we really will something, it moves our heart and mind to follow.
David said, he would keep loving and seeking after the Lord; for the Lord was beautiful in all His glorious character:
The Lord is merciful, for He had heard David’s prayer, when he was under a sky as a shepherd, or fighting the Lord’s battles, or in the palace.
(The Lord hears our prayers, too.)
The Lord is powerful, for the Lord strengthened David against a bear, a lion, Goliath, king Saul, and the many enemies he came against.
(The Lord strengthens us by the many graces He gives us, in all our circumstances.)
The Lord is present, always. In help,….and in correction.
The Lord did not forsake David when he sinned; but brought him back in love.
(He has promised to forgive and cleanse us from our sin: 1 John 1:9
And He has promised us that He will never leave us. Hebrews 13:5)
We can deny ourselves and do our duty, as Christians, because we know we have to, or should.
Or maybe, for a benefit;…….perhaps the Lord will answer my prayer and give me what I want, if I do what He wants.
But those that love God, sees things differently….willing to follow after….not a set of rules,….but Christ Jesus…for I know Him, and want to know Him more.
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 willed heart’s response to the Lord, Himself.
David began this psalm with:
Psalm 27:1 “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”
Here is the beauty David saw when he looked to the Lord….light for him, and salvation…..strength so that he did not need to be afraid….even of his many enemies.
And David ended this psalm with:
Psalm 27:14 “Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thy heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.”
The Lord will always answer our desire and seeking of Him….
He will show Himself more, in all His attributes and character,…to all those who want to have it.