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Summary: Helping us seek and realise the wonder of the true presence of God

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THE COMPLETE CHRISTIAN

Psalm 27:4

[NIV] One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.

[BBE] One prayer have I made to the Lord, and this is my heart’s desire; that I may have a place in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, looking on his glory, and getting wisdom in his Temple.

[NLT] The one thing I ask of the LORD—the thing I seek most - is to live in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, delighting in the LORD’s perfections and meditating in his Temple.

I THE CARE OF REQUEST

One thing I ask of the LORD

Divided aims tend to distraction, weakness, disappointment (Spurgeon)

a. DESIRE TO MEET THE LORD

Psalms 26:8 I love the house where you live, O LORD, the place where your glory dwells.

b. DESIRE TO WORSHIP THE LORD

Luke 10:42 only one thing is needed Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her."

c. DESIRE TO FULFIL HIS WILL

Philippians 3:13 Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining towards what is ahead.

II THE CONSTANCY OF RESOLVE

this is what I seek

Holy desires must lead to resolute action. Desires are seed which must be sown in the good soil of activity, or they will yield no harvest. We shall find our desires to be like clouds without rain, unless followed up by practical endeavours. [Spurgeon]

Grant me thyself, O Lord, and I will ask no more. [Jeremy Taylor.]

a. REAL PURPOSE

Jeremiah 29:13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

b. RIGHT PRIORITY

Matthew 6:33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

Luke 11:9 & 10 “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.

c. REWARDS PROMISED

Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

III THE CLOSENESS OF RELATIONSHIP

that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life

David desired above all things to be one of the household of God, a home born child, living at home with his Father. [Spurgeon]

If we love the Lord, we "will love the habitation of his house, and the place where his honour dwelleth;" Thomas Adams.

a. THE CENTRAL ASPIRATION

Psalm 23:6 Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

b. THE CORRECT APPROACH

Psalm 26:6 I wash my hands in innocence, and go about your altar, O LORD,

c. THE CONSEQUENT APPRECIATION

Psalm 84:4 Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you. Selah

IV THE CONTEMPLATION OF ROYALTY.

to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD

the beauty of the Lord is seen in Christ. It is seen in Christ, for he is the brightness of the Father’s glory, and the express image of his person; and he that hath seen Christ, hath seen the Father. [Andrew Gray]


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