This Should Be our Highest Yearning

One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek, inquire for, and [insistently] require: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord [in His presence] all the days of my life, to behold and gaze upon the beauty [the sweet attractiveness and the delightful loveliness] of the Lord and to meditate, consider, and inquire in His temple. For in the day of trouble He will hide me in His shelter; in the secret place of His tent will He hide me; He will set me high upon a rock. And now shall my head be lifted up above my enemies round about me; in His tent I will offer sacrifices and shouting of joy; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord.

Psalm 27:4-6 (AMP)

Anyone who truly loves God should look for what David yearned: dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of his or her life to behold His beauty and praise Him forever. These verses show why the Bible refers to David as a man after God’s own heart because David was a worshiper in spirit and in truth, just the kind of worshiper that God is looking for.

Look carefully to what David says in Psalm 27. The first thing the Psalmist says is a thing I ask of the Lord. It is clear that David asked God strongly that longing of his heart. And indeed, he not only prayed, but demanded, i.e. asking what demandingly. He was not asking for no he was granted his request but he was not expecting a NO for an answer.

This attitude of David reminds me a beautiful worship song called “Open up the sky”. There is a part of the song that says: we won’t be satisfied with anything ordinary, we won’t be satisfied at all. The true worshiper will not be satisfied with anything but to have gained access to the presence of God and see His glory unleashed.

Several years ago, when we were about to fly to Medellin, Colombia on a mission trip, my pastor gave me a book at the Miami International Airport. The title of this book is “Glory: Experiencing the Atmosphere of Heaven” by Ruth Ward Heflin wrote. In one of the first pages of this book I read a phrase that has marked my life since then: Praise … until the spirit of worship comes. Worship … until the glory comes. Then … stand in the glory! The phrase was so shocking to me that I spent the whole trip reading the book, which I finished reading my second day in Medellin.

David demanded and was looking forward to dwell in the house of God. And we should be imitators of that attitude. We are not satisfied with any ordinary thing. Seek the presence of our Heavenly Father wanting vehemently. And when we stand before Him, lift up our highest praise. Let’s fill of praise to our Almighty God. He has many attributes worthy of praise, so it is not difficult to praise Him. Continue praising Him until the spirit of worship comes. So surrender our hearts, our lives to the Almighty, let us be worshipers in spirit and in truth, the kind of worshipers the Father is looking for. Certainly, if we do this, the glory of God will fall on our lives. Let this be our greatest desire every day and our lifestyle. God bless you.


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