One thing I ask from the Lord,
this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the Lord
and to seek him in his temple.
5 For in the day of trouble
he will keep me safe in his dwelling;
he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent
and set me high upon a rock.
6 Then my head will be exalted
above the enemies who surround me;
at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make music to the Lord.
Psalm 27 – link
David knows where to turn to find the comfort, strength, peace, and answers he needs. Verse 4, “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 sums of his life not by his troubles but his relationship with his God. The primary thing in David’s life, the single most important factor was to live in God’s presence and by His purpose. He knows the Lord to be the God of all comfort who has given us the privilege of casting every burden on Him and finding rest in Him (Matthew 11:28).
We see this picture as well in Deuteronomy 33:12, “About Benjamin he [Moses] said: “Let the beloved of the LORD rest secure in Him, for He shields him all day long, and the one the LORD loves rests between His shoulders.” What a beautiful picture, resting between the shoulders of God as He hides and shields us from the attack of our enemies. It is here that we find sweet peace, rest, and satisfaction. Our every care cast on Him as we rest in Him. This should be the place of our desire and we should want to dwell there not just an hour or a day, but continuously all the days of our lives, no matter the season.
In verse 5, David acknowledges that the Lord’s presence is his real security in troubled times. He understands that “the Name of the Lord is a high tower, the righteous run into it and they are safe (Proverbs 18:10).” There is divine protection when we are in Christ, not just in name only, but when we live in Him. The awesome, gracious presence and glory of God, His magnificent power, His sure and certain promises, His readiness to hear and intercede in our prayers, the witness of His Spirit in our hearts and the washing by His Word is the greatest hiding place a person can run to and find refuge.
We are sometimes tempted to run other places with the troubles of life. Jesus is the only hiding place that is secure. He is the solid rock upon which you can stand, all over ground is sinking sand. David declares, “then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at His tabernacle will I sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the LORD.” David is confident that not only will he be protected but he will be exalted. He believes the Lord will set him on a high place and as Psalm 23 says, “prepare him a table in the present of his enemies.” David isn’t waiting for the battle to be over, he is beginning to shout now! I will glorify your Great and Awesome Name. I will sacrifice shouts of joy and sing and make music to the Most High God who brought me out. “If it had not been the Lord who was on my side, where would I be (Psalm 124:1).”
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