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Psalm 27:4

One thing have I desired 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 behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.

Many Biblical Scholars believe this Psalm was written during the time that David was fleeing from Saul. Saul had an issue with David because David had been chosen by God and anointed to be the next king over Israel. Saul was intent on causing David to fail and ultimately Saul wanted to kill David to prevent him from assuming the throne in Saul’s place when in reality Saul would have remained on the throne longer and been a better leader had he embraced the anointing on David’s life. Saul could have utilized the talents and abilities that God had given to David and Saul and the nation both would have been better off. Instead the envy and murder in Saul’s heart controlled Saul’s choices and eventually Saul and his son lost their lives.

As David was fleeing from Saul his prayer to the LORD was that there was only one thing he desired and that was to dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of his life. David did not want Saul’s throne and as he wearied of the constant attacks and of fleeing for his life the desire of his heart manifested itself in this Psalm. David was clear in his intentions, “One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after”. David was like I want to dwell in the house of the LORD and that’s what I am seeking, not Saul’s throne.

Although David made mistakes in life and in his role as king over Israel, the desire of his heart always came up and in the good times and in the not so good times, his moral compass always brought him back to where he was supposed to be which was in the house of the LORD and enquiring in His Temple.

May God have mercy on us in these days.

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