One thing I have asked from the Lord, that I shall 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 meditate in His temple. For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle; in the secret place of His tent He will hide me; He will lift me up on a rock. And now my head will be lifted up above my enemies around me, and I will offer in His tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord. Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice, and be gracious to me and answer me. When You said, “Seek My face,” my heart said to You, “Your face, O Lord, I shall seek.” Psalm 27:4-8
Today's thoughts from today's verses:
In reading through today’s Scripture we are given a clear picture of how very much David the Psalmist valued his relationship with God. Our passage speaks of his seeking God both in an actual place of worship and in the inner sanctuary of the heart. While the physical place of worship of that day was a sanctuary that offered physical protection, we are going to focus on what David says about the sanctuary of the heart and spiritual protection. Here’s what David says, “For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle; in the secret place of His tent He will hide me; He will lift me up on a rock.” When troubles came David found spiritual refuge and protection with God by seeking a secret place his enemies knew nothing about. It was the spiritual sanctuary of God’s presence within his own heart.
David shows that being with God in worship is vital to being able to navigate through all the challenges of life, particularly that of handling people who come up against us. We too can come to the spiritual sanctuary of God’s presence within our own hearts. It is here that God will conceal us and hide us from the onslaught of difficult people. It is here that he lifts us up on a rock above those who trouble us. David goes on to say “And now my head will be lifted up above my enemies around me.” When God lifts us up in this way, the relief and protection from the trouble of difficult people will be so full, we will shout in joy and sing praises to the Lord like David did.
David puts it all in a nutshell for us with these concluding words, “Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice, and be gracious to me and answer me. When You said, ‘Seek My face,’ my heart said to You, ‘Your face, O Lord, I shall seek.’” God loves to raise us up into his presence and give Himself to us. He delights to provide the relief and protection we need in the spiritual sanctuary of his presence within our own hearts.
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, my heart says to You, “Your face I shall seek.” Help me to see you clearly and really be in your presence. Grant to me the spiritual relief and protection I need today. Thank you for being a spiritual sanctuary for me. I love you! I worship you! I praise you! Amen!
Posted on Thu, August 25, 2016
by Ken Hart