‘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
David had experienced many things in his life: he was a warrior, shepherd, king, a rich man, poet and someone acquainted with love. In this verse he lays out the one thing in life that he really cherished and valued; the one thing that if everything else was taken away he would want to be left with. This thing is the presence of God. In everything else that he has found, what moved him most was to be in God’s presence.
I wonder if you would agree with him? You would probably say so with your lips, but if someone looked at your life from the outside is this what they would see as the main thing in life that you are pursuing?
Of course it is very easy to feel guilty about the priority we place on prayer, and we do have other responsibilities to which God has called us (just like David), but in this verse God lays out a beautiful offer to us. He assures us that to seek him and sit in his presence is a real possibility for each of us.
You carry God’s presence within you, so take a moment to be aware of this and catch the reality that when you pray, before any words are spoken, you are with him – and enjoy gazing upon his presence.
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