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A Season of Psalms: Psalm 27: 1, 4

Psalm 27: 1, 4

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?...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.”

English Standard Version (ESV)

What do you wish for? Ask anyone what they wish for, and you’ll doubtless get a variety of answers: long life, more money, a better job, a nicer home, improvement in family relationships. All of these are valid and normal requests. We’ve each made them at some time or another in our lives because we seek security and we want to be taken care of. Rarely will you find someone who says, “What do I wish for? To live at church!” Rare indeed, if at all!

That’s exactly what David was asking to do in Psalm 27. Hounded by his enemies, he acknowledges in verse 1 that God alone is his Sustainer. He is David’s light and salvation and stronghold, and since this is so, of whom should he be afraid? Nobody! David’s great desire was safety and security, and the one place it could be found was in the presence of the Lord. It wasn’t a mere wish; wishful thinking is imagining something happening that isn’t entirely realistic. For David, it was more like purposeful thinking. In verse 4, he says he will seek after the one thing he has asked of the Lord: to dwell in the house of the Lord for the duration of his life, and to gaze upon God’s glorious beauty. David will have eternal communion with God: living in His house, beholding His wonder, conversing with Him. Does it get any better than that?

The Lord is our refuge and strength, our light and our salvation. We can absolutely trust Him, and when we run to Him, He is always there to welcome us with open arms. Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart. That’s not wishful thinking; that’s a promise! Do you believe it?

Further Reading: Psalm 37:3-7; Matthew 11:28-30

Pray with me:

Lord Jesus, we come to you now, burdened by so many cares of the world. We seek our refuge and our strength in You. You are our light and our salvation, and we rejoice in the shelter that You provide. We seek rest in You today. Calm our anxious hearts, soothe our souls, draw us nearer to You. In Your name we pray, Amen.

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