Thoughts on Psalm 27:4-7

Thoughts on Psalm 27:4-7

Psa 27:4  “One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life,”

[When David wrote this, he thought of the tabernacle in Jerusalem. Today this request has come true for every believer because we have become the house of the Lord, the Holy Spirit lives in us, we are ever in your presence. That is the wonder of being your child: we are ever with you.]

“to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.”

[This is another matter, this takes intentionality, it takes focus, surrender and discipline—I must turn my eyes from the distractions of the world and look to you. I praise you, Lord Jesus, that you have led me to a small degree to gaze upon your beauty in personal worship, to see your greatness, your power, your wisdom, your grace, your wrath against sin, your mighty love demonstrated in redeeming your rebellious creatures, your great patience in working in us to bring us to maturity in you. I give you glory and honor which is due your name for your wonderful greatness. Thank you, Lord, for all that you are, for revealing some of it to us, for breaking into our lives, for dwelling with us when we deserve only rejection and punishment. Praise be to you, the Great and Glorious One who stoops to see and help us.]

Psa 27:5  “For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle and set me high upon a rock.”

[This is what you will do: protect, provide, shelter and deliver. I must dwell with you, not venture out on my own to accomplish my own deliverance. You hide me, you will set me on a high rock. Give me wisdom, Lord, in knowing how to take shelter in you, to obey what I know to be true and to praise you in and for all.]

Psa 27:6  “Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me;”

[You will work things out, your will do what is best in defeating the enemies around me, who attack me, who bring pressure and harm. You will accomplish this as I follow and trust you in praise, in prayer, in obedience.]

“at his tabernacle will I sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the LORD.”

[Because of your great love, your mighty help, your gracious goodness, I will rejoice in you, call out praise, live for you, sing and exalt you in music. I praise you, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, for your constant and good work in my life and in the lives of those around me.]

Guide me today, Lord, in giving you honor and thanksgiving, glory and exaltation that those around me may rejoice in you. I give you honor through praise, I give you glory through obedience. Help me to let go of what I should, help me to hold on to what I should, and wisdom to discern which is which. May you be honored in my life today. Amen.]