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One Thing

“One thing I have desired of the LORD, That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life. To behold the beauty of the LORD; And to inquire in His temple” (Psalm 27:4). This Psalm is a declaration of King David’s triumphant faith and love for God.

David had adjusted his life to one top priority. He states, “One thing I have desired of the LORD.” How does this “concept” apply to you and me, today? Like David, could one of our top priorities in life is to go to the house of God for worship, praise, and thanksgiving whenever church services are convened?

In this Psalm, it is obvious that David is expressing his longing and hunger for the divine presence of Almighty God. David’s “one thing” was not actually seeking something from God. Absolutely not. Instead, his desire was to “dwell in the house of the Lord.” God’s sanctuary is where the Divine presence is. The fact that David expressed “One thing I have desired of the Lord” means other desires he may have paled in comparison to this one desire.

Interestingly, Psalm 84, not written by David, is a striking similarity to David’s desire in Psalm 27. Written by “the sons of Korah.” Psalm 84 reads, “How lovely is Your tabernacle, O LORD of hosts! My soul longs, yes, even faints for the courts of the LORD; My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. Even the sparrow has found a home, And the swallow a nest for herself, Where she may lay her young—Even Your altars, O LORD of hosts. My King and my God. Blessed are those who dwell in Your house; They will still be praising You” (Psalm 84:1-4). These verses seem to summarize the blessedness of "dwelling&quo