Summary: What did King David, who was known as a man with a heart for God, do to nurture his relationship with the Father? Sought God through learning, worship, prayer and obedience.

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One thing I ask…

Intimacy with God


By Brad Dyrness

If we really sing what we live, our hymn titles we sing would read something like this:


 Instead of telling… "I LOVE TO MUMBLE THE STORY"


 Solid rock might sound like this: "MY HOPE IS BUILT ON NOTHING MUCH"

 Our knowing is more like… "I’M FAIRLY CERTAIN MY REDEEMER LIVES"





I know him but do I know him?

God does not have a secret society of intimate friends. We are as intimate with God as we choose to be.

Marlene LeFever

100 Ways To Take The Yawn Out Of Your Relationship With God… here are 10 of them the rest can be found on the web site

 Teach a preschooler to sing a motion song that says something special about Jesus.

 Write a letter to God praising Him for how you are made

 Read a biography of a faithful missionary or preacher.

 Get to church ten minutes early. Spend time praying that God’s presence will be felt throughout the service.

 Sing a hymn to God; pay close attention to the words.

 Memorize a chapter in the Bible.

 Take notes during the sermon. On Sunday afternoon go over them and ask yourself, “What did God want me to hear this morning? How does He want me to respond?”

 Pray daily for someone you don’t like.

 Start a neighborhood Bible study or open your home for a study.

 Write a love letter to God.

Read Ps 27…

David begins by confirming who he is and who God is to him.

Hope Salvation and Protection. I have everything that a guy would need! Not by my own hand but a gift from my God.


David said his one request was first of all to dwell in the house of the Lord. Vs. 4, David is saying I like what I got and I want more of it! I want it until I die! I have made a lifetime choice here!

In Discipleship Journal this month there was a short article about marriage – describing what they called “Starter Marriages.” Those you get into when your young, have no kids and no real intention of staying in for life. Like a starter house – it’s all you can come up with for now but you have different plans for the future.

Lets me tell you clearly that is a marriage that will have not true intimacy. Why? Intimacy requires a feeling of safety. Without out security you will not open up!

David declares that this s not a short time trial run, or a I dwell with God as long as I feel good about it. He says I want to dwell… all the days of my life!

John 14:23—“If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.”

Better worded “at home” with him.

Have you ever visited at someone home and felt out of place. Didn’t want to make too much noise, lived differently than you would if you were at home.

The word dwell means linger, hang out implies that you want to stay there! You feel welcome there! How they live is okay with you!

You don’t change them you are okay with who they are.

It’s always safe to entrust yourself to the Lord. Sometimes we think if we’re too agreeable someone will take advantage of us, but Jesus doesn’t. His dwelling is a place of acceptance.

Why? He will not let me down! Knowing that helps us open up to His plan and direction for us.

Why do I want to dwell?

I can build intimacy with God by:

1. Learning from God – vs. 4 David said his desire also was to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and seek Him in his temple.

Or as The Message states it: I’ll contemplate his beauty; I’ll study at his feet.

David knew that hanging out wasn’t enough. He needed to be a learner. To continue to expand his understanding of who God was and to know His ways.

2. Worshipping God vs. 6 I sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the LORD.

Again The Message: I’m headed for his place to offer anthems

that will raise the roof! Already I’m singing God-songs;

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John Quigley

commented on Jan 22, 2011

I am surprised that there are no comments here for this is a really interesting and filling sermon. When I read this psalm for I don''t know how many times, but it spoke to my heart when I read it this time. When I read your sermon, it too spoke to me and I knew that I was right to preach on this psalm this week. The Lord gave me a title before I saw your work, "Seeking God''s Face." It is something we Christians seem to have forgotten to do. God bless.

Celita Louback Welsch

commented on Sep 19, 2014

My brother,I just subscribed in order to give you an answer. Now I can do it! Yes, you are write. There are so many wonderful words t describe what we feel when someone dare to preach about Psalms and travel into David's heart. I was reading in many versions the same verse and it i amazes me how God is well pleased when we show that "One Thing" really matters:It is all about Him and His presence I succumb before their power, the glory of His love, His grace and mercy. I succumb before his indescribable beauty.

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