One thing I have desired of the LORD, that will I 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 inquire in His temple. Psa 27:4
The Hebrew word translated “beauty” literally means, delightfulness. Delightful means that which is highly pleasing, according to Webster’s! May I dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the delightfulness of the LORD!
All the psalms we have read recently have a similar theme running through them: the delightfulness of the LORD, the excellency of His house, His dwelling place, i.e., His presence, and for that reason we seek Him and keep our eyes fixed on Him:
LORD, I have loved the habitation of Your house,
And the place where Your glory dwells. Psa 26:8
My eyes are ever toward the LORD,
For He shall pluck my feet out of the net. Psa 25:15
This is Jacob, the generation of those who seek Him,
Who seek Your face. Psa 24:6
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life;
And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. Psa 23:6
The poor shall eat and be satisfied;
Those who seek Him will praise the LORD.
Let your heart live forever! Psa 22:26
For You have made him most blessed forever;
You have made him exceedingly glad with Your presence. Psa 21:6
The other theme running through all these psalms is enemies. David had literal enemies trying to kill him. Just because there is probably no one in our lives who is actively trying to harm us like David had in his life, let us not be lulled to sleep into thinking that we have no enemies. Our enemy prowls around us like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour (1 Pet 5:8). The body of Messiah is being tested in a season of warfare like never before! David prevailed over his enemies by seeking and remaining in the Lord’s beautiful and delightful presence with praise and thanksgiving, and that is exactly how we will prevail over our enemy also!