Purity of heart is to will one thing

Recently I was reading about Solomon asking the Lord for wisdom in 2 Chronicles 1. Despite this moment of humility, Solomon eventually turned away from the Lord, and did not walk in the way of David his father. This made me wonder: what was the one thing that David the good king wanted from the Lord?

The answer is in Psalm 27: 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.

What a beautiful prayer: to regard neither possessions, wealth, honour, or long life, but to desire only the presence of the Lord our God. Surely David, the son of Jesse, is a man after God’s own heart. As I began to consider this verse, an understanding occurred to me: All that David prayed for, God our Father has ALREADY freely given to us.

David wanted to dwell in the house of the Lord, His holy temple. In 1 Corinthians 3:16 Paul writes: “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?” We not only dwell in the presence of God, but we ARE the temple of God! David wanted to behold the beauty of the Lord. In 2 Corinthians 3:18 Paul writes: And we all, with unveiled face, behold the glory of the Lord, and are changed into the same image from glory to glory!

What a privilege we enjoy, to have in our possession the earnest desire of the greatest king in the history of Israel!

Now what about David? By faith David too sees the fulfilment of his desire, as he writes in Psalm 23: Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

David sought the Lord, and the Lord was found of David – Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find. But the grace of our Father goes even beyond this, and says to us: I am sought of them that asked not for me; I am found of them that sought me not. From the ashes of our sin and rebellion, the Lord breathed life into us, and made us kings and priests who dwell in His presence unto eternity. Praise be unto His holy name.

Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.

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