May 15, 2023


Psalm 27:4–6 (NKJV) — 4 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. 5 For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; In the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock. 6 And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me; Therefore I will offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the LORD.

King David, the most powerful man in the world at this time, above all else, he desired the presence of God in his life.

David would go to the temple to be in the presence of the Lord. He wanted to live an uninterrupted presence with God throughout his life. He coveted, desired, and longed for God’s presence. David wanted to experience the beauty of God’s holiness. He wanted to bask in the presence of God, admiring, adoring…worshiping God. David sought more than just a head knowledge of God. It was as the apostle Paul wrote in Philippians 3:11–12, “if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; BUT I PRESS ON, THAT I MAY LAY HOLD OF THAT FOR WHICH CHRIST JESUS HAS ALSO LAID HOLD OF ME.” True worship is to bask in the presence of God…adoring His perfect holiness.

When I was in my preteens and even later, when life was much safer, there were days I would walk or ride my bike about a mile to the church we attended. The doors to the church were not locked so I could go into the sanctuary. I would just sit in there and meditate on God. Have my own private worship service. Just me and God. Today, I still do the same. I now have a key to the church. I go into the sanctuary either kneel at the altar or sit in the pew and just meditate on God and allow His Word to fill my being.

David was passionate in his desire to live in God’s presence, to seek and inquire of God.

Today we do not have to go to church to find God. Having accepted Christ as Savior and Lord, we know God lives in us. Wherever we go God goes with us. But, as the writer of Hebrews says, we are to, “not forsake the assembly of ourselves together.” (Hebrews 10:25)