“One thing I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after:
to live 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.”
One thing, the first thing, is a mutual seeking after each other. David asked the Lord to be present while at the same time he committed to live in the Lord’s presence all his days, every day. Not just present anywhere, but in the Lord’s house.
Each home holds a different aroma, carries a different atmosphere, revolves around a different timetable. If we want to grasp the character of the Lord, we need to meet Him in His environment. That is where we will gain the perspective of the One whose presence is not discriminatory, but sits at our family table as well as at floor mats around the world, at pop-out airline trays, in alleyway cardboard constructions. We will see the One whose power moves beyond the construct of chronological time created to bring order to our finite minds and find the One whose grace would not be grace if it were dependent on our behaviour. In the house of the Lord we are secure within impenetrable walls. Within His safekeeping we find dignity in the face of rivalry. His temple of teaching and guidance make every sacrifice one of great joy and worship, not burden.
Then, when we walk in the land of the living, Faith and Trust advance us. In the darkness we find Light. In doubt we find Delight. In fear we find Strength. Out of rejection and oppression we are adopted and lifted high.
Gaze, wait, be strong, take heart! Be confident of this: you will see the goodness of the Lord enter the land of the living because you will be cloaked in it.
“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33