God described David as a man after His own heart. The words in Psalms 27 are an insight into why He would say that.
We wish for all sorts of things, asking God for them: home, family, health, vacations, money, success… you name it.
David asked to live in the house of the Lord all his life so as to delight in the Lord’s perfections while meditating in His Temple.
Whoa. He wanted to live in the church?
No. He wanted to live in the presence of the Lord. Close to Him. Within reach of Him. And this wasn’t some one-and-done request. This was something David sought insistently. It was a persistent request on David’s heart. He really wanted to be in God’s presence and stay there.
David wanted to be able to behold and gaze upon the beauty – the sweet attractiveness, delightful loveliness, and majestic grandeur of the Lord and to be able to inquire at His Temple. He wanted to be so close to the Lord that He was elevated to being able to inquire of the Lord at any time. He wanted to be able to worship the Lord all the time.
Kinda makes our desires for cars, homes, and even health seem selfish, doesn’t it?
What does it take to make that our desire, too? We have to make a choice. Choose to be alone in God’s presence daily. Choose to step away from the hustle, bustle, and noise of life to be in the calm, peaceful presence of the Almighty so as to know Him and His will.
Will we still ask for the health, home, car, family, etc? Possibly. But we’ll be doing so with His heart beating in us, His will on our mind and in our heart. We’ll better understand His answer for us.
Shall we start today? Make the choice to spend time in His presence with no interruptions or distractions? Just you, God, and the silence in which to hear Him? Yes, let’s do it!
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