Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Psalm 27:1-9 One Thing Have I Desire

KEY TEXT: Psalms 27:4-6 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. For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock. And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me, and I will offer in his tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing and make melody to the Lord.

KEY THOT: In David's time, the "house of the Lord" was a tent structure where the only item inside was the Ark of the Lord. Unlike the tabernacle of Moses which had three compartments, the tabernacle of David had only one compartment and it housed the Ark. Furthermore, there was no veil covering the Ark, so every worshiper could see it in the tent. David's tabernacle is a picture of the NT temple where the veil separating the Ark is torn. It comprises the assembly of believers coming together: "you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit" (Ephesians 2:19-22). 

So Jesus said, "For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them" (Matthew 18:20).

Worship in the NT temple takes place wherever believers are gathered in Jesus' name--be it in the homes (Acts 2:46), inside prisons (Acts 16:26), out in the open (Acts 16:13) or in special buildings set aside for worship (Acts 3:1). It's not the place that defines worship but the people's attitude of coming together to seek the Lord: "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" (Psalms 27:4).

And when we are drawing near to God to "gaze" (worship) and to "inquire" (word), God draws near to us. And the blessings of His presence is protection and deliverance from our enemies (supernatural and human): "he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble... my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me" (Psalms 27:5-6). This same truth is echoed in Psalm 91:1-2: "He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, "My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust."

The safest place in the world is in the Presence of God: "You have said, Seek my face. My heart says to you, Your face, Lord, do I seek" (v.8). Let's forsake every other idol. Let's seek only the Lord. 

Father God, what a glorious privilege You have given us to be found in Your presence in the assembly of Your people in worship and word. Deliver us from every false god and idol. In Jesus' name, amen.

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