8th JUNE 2020
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. [Psalm 27:4 NKJV]
David could not have probably survived the COVID-19 quarantine if he was in our day. He would have died from acute Presence-of-the-Lord deficiency. One thing that sticks out about David’s life is his love for the presence of the Lord. After the prophet Nathan exposed his adultery with Bathsheba, David prayed, “Cast me not away from Your presence, and don’t take your Holy Spirit from me” [Psalm51:11]. Even in his dirtiest state, what he feared most was losing God’s presence.
If there is any addiction a man should crave, it should be an addiction to the presence of God. In our focal text, David is saying that his one desire, the one thing he wishes God would grant him, is permission to move out of the palace and live in the tabernacle till he dies. I know you didn’t read it that way, but take another look. Where is the lie? There is none. David wanted the presence of God that badly.
One reason for his desire was to behold the beauty of the Lord. The word “beauty” (“nô‛am” in Hebrew) also translates to delightfulness. David was not just being religious, he genuinely found delight in being in God’s presence. In Psalm 16:11 he tells us that in God’s presence is fullness of joy. Some things are best experienced. If you have not tasted and seen that the Lord is good I would like to encourage you to press deeper. To quote Ps. Benjamin Amoah, “There are dimensions in God that men are yet to touch.”
Today, by virtue of Jesus’ finished work on the cross, we do not need to move into a church building to experience God’s presence. We have God’s Spirit resident in us whether we are in the sanctuary or in the loo. In fellowship with the Holy Spirit, we can press in to experience the joys and delightfulness of God’s beauty.
We can come to the place where we have experiences and encounters with God that no circumstance or argument can force us to deny His delightfulness.
Leonard Ravenhill said, “A man with an experience of God is never at the mercy of a man with an argument.” Encountering God’s presence is not just for fun or a “spiritual high”. It is your delightful encounters with God (when you press into Him in worship, prayer and His Word) that will give you the strength to face life in the low moments.
Heavenly Father, I pray for an encounter with You as I daily delight in Your presence.
Prophetic Declaration: Psalms 91
Further Readings: Psalm 37:4
Bible In One Year: [Psalms 111–114]