“One thing I ask from the Lord,
this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the Lord
and to seek him in his temple.” -Psalm 27:4
Have you ever been on a long trip and when it comes time to head for home, you have this longing for that home? You miss your bed, the comforts and familiarity, the sounds at night, the smells..all because it is your home. It is something you know and long for.
David felt this way too.
His focus was, however on the God’s home.
His heart longed to be with God and he even declares “this only do I seek”.
It wasn’t about the building or the structure of the dwelling place that David was pining for, it was the presence of God. He longed to dwell with God, to be with the familiar all consuming presence, to take in His glory day after day.
Do we think like David thought within this Psalm?
Is there a longing to dwell where God dwells? Do we hunger and thirst for God like David writes about here? I wonder how much time we devote to thinking about dwelling with God in our average day? Is it merely just a weekend occurrence that I think about God? Is it just on Sundays when I’m in church? It doesn’t, or shouldn’t have to be. It can be every day…multiple times a day. Training our thoughts to meditate on God in this way will help us engage relationally with God even in our hectic schedules. It doesn’t have to be complicated or drawn out, there just needs to be a heart and mind focus in order to make that happen. Continually meditating on God is actually bringing us into His dwelling place. Think about that for a second. When we long for God in this way, we begin to align our life’s priorities into the right order. As kingdom builders, we cannot build unless we start from the right source – His dwelling place.
So how about it?
Is there a longing in you to be where God dwells?
Jesus said, “the kingdom is here”…when we think and long for that kingdom and the presence of God, we are immediately transported into His presence. Begin your day today by asking God to take you to his dwelling place. Long after this thought. Bring it to mind constantly today, and discover this mental and spiritual transformation occur in your life.
Prayer: Lord may your Kingdom come and your will be done in my life today. Help me to live as your kingdom builder today within your dwelling place. Build your kingdom in and through my life today! Develop in me your familiar halls of holiness. I long to be in your very presence today. Lead me Lord. In your name I pray these things…-Amen.