The Beauty of the Lord

On the Lord’s Day a brother was commenting on Psalm 27; and as he did so, verse 4 impressed itself on my mind very strongly:

“One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in his temple.”

David’s desire was to be in the house of the Lord. Spurgeon comments on this, that it is a strong desire, not a wish. He says: “Holy desire must lead to resolute action.”

I realize that in this church age we do not have a physical temple. The house of the Lord is not a physical location.

The purpose of this desire was twofold: “to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord” and “to inquire in his temple.” I was moved to think about my own motivation for wanting to be with the Lord’s people corporately. Sometimes to be seen? Sometimes for my own benefit? Sometimes to fulfill my personal ministry?

Author: patrick

An older man who enjoys his Bible, and his ministry as an itinerant preacher. A Mac user from way back when there was actually a Mac clone. Married with 3 adult children and 6 grandchildren.