“One thing I have asked of the Lord, that shall 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 meditate in His temple” Psalm 27:4.
When I first fell in love with this verse, I isolated it from the rest of the Psalm. After quoting it a few years ago, a friend pointed out how it was sandwiched in between adversities. It wasn’t until today that I reflected, meditated, and contemplated this verse in the context of the entire psalm.
Verse four is an anchor in the midst of a personal storm. My life has been a series of ups and downs as I’m sure we all have experienced. For David, he reflects on the Lord’s faithfulness in the past, he looks forward to the Lord delivering him from his enemies, he pleads for God not to abandon him, he shares that if it weren’t for the Lord, he would be thrown into despair, and he concludes that waiting – trusting – in the Lord is the key to staying firm in faith and courage.
More than ever I love this verse. Having a conviction that I will be present with the Lord at the end of this mortal life, the passage pulls me back from times of turmoil, confusion and despair and compels me to look forward to gazing into the Presence of God with great joy. Unlike Isaiah in Is.6:5 or John’s vision of heaven in Revelation, I am confident that because of the Sacrifice of the Cross, I will not tremble when confronted by the Holiness of God, but will be joyfully united with my Father in heaven.
Daily I am confronted with challenges. This exercise compels me to focus on what Paul Harvey used to call “the rest of the story.” These troubles are passing. Heaven and “dwelling in the house of the Lord is both a future assurance and a discipline I can embrace “all the days of my life.”