To Dwell in the House of the Lord
Many scholars believe that the future King David wrote Psalm 27 when he was in exile running from King Saul. For David it was a time of extreme unknowns. He was a hunted man. He was forced to run for his life and hide knowing that if King Saul, or one of his men ever caught up with him it would mean his demise.
Even in light of David’s potential loss of life, he expresses his confidence in the Lord’s faithfulness. David declares God as his guide and deliverer. David knew the value of having God as his Protector.
The Lord is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?
When the wicked advance against me to devour me,
it is my enemies and my foes who will stumble and fall.
Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear;
though war break out against me, even then I will be confident.
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.
For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling;
he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock.
– Psalm 27:1-5
In verse 4 David made clear the desire of his heart. He greatly longed to dwell in the house of the Lord. Imagine being in the presence of the Almighty God. Being in the house of God allows you to behold His beauty, which equates to God’s splendor, pleasantness, grace, and favor.
Our desire in life should match that of David’s – to be in God’s house, to be part of His divine family and Kingdom. There is no greater aspiration than to have eternal life and to spend eternity in the Kingdom of God.
Have you asked Jesus Christ to come into your life, forgive you of your sins, and to be your Lord and Savior? Why not do it today and share in the same confidence that David expressed when he said, “my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then I will be confident.”
FOR GOD, WHO SAID, “LET LIGHT SHINE OUT OF DARKNESS,” MADE HIS LIGHT SHINE IN OUR HEARTS TO GIVE US THE LIGHT OF THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD’S GLORY DISPLAYED IN THE FACE OF CHRIST.