“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. For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; in the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock.” Psalm 27:4-5
We’re less than a fifth of the way through the book of Psalms and already we’ve had several Psalms in which David is either asking God for protection from his enemies are praising him for the protection he’s received.
David was a warrior and as a warrior much of his life was spent engaging enemies in combat. Add to that the fact that he was forced to live as a fugitive for many years because of the faithlessness and paranoia of King Saul and it becomes understandable why God’s role as a protector and defender was a near and dear subject to David; one that he took effort to not take for granted.
Frequently I am convicted that many of us are guilty of taking God’s protection and watch care for granted. We have no real concept or appreciation for the amount of guarding we require. Many times the choices we make, and the choices others make, place our lives and safety in jeopardy and we’re blissfully unaware because God and our guardian angels are working overtime keeping our bodies and breath together.
I think it’s our wayward desires that are often the motivation that drives us to take the risks we take. It would be far better if we could live the desire David expresses so beautifully in our focus text, “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.”
If our hearts would dwell where God is it would be far easier to avoid the temptations in this world. If our desire was to be able to behold and hold a vision of the Lord’s beauty ever before our eyes we would be less attracted to turn away to the ugliness that’s in this world. If the questions we asked were those stimulated by being in God’s house and in the presence of his holiness we wouldn’t rush so often after answers to so many of the clever but ultimately foolish questions asked in this world.
We’ll never find any sure protection in the knowledge of this world. God is our hiding place, his house is our place of secure defense. No matter how advanced the skills and equipment this world possesses becomes none will ever surpass God’s ability to hide and protect us. He is our rock. He is our fortress. He is our God. We can trust in him.