“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.”
I was ironing my clothes when I had the fun of memorizing the first six verses of Psalm 27. I couldn’t help but go back at verse 4 over and over again, as this has become the favorite of many of us who are in love with Jesus.
Here’s one thing I realized while meditating on this verse. While this cry from the psalmist’s heart has become our heartfelt prayer, too, the Lord has already answered it through His Word, too.
1 Corinthians 3:16
reminds us, “Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you?” God’s has given His promise of the Holy Spirit’s indwelling to those who have given their lives to Christ. As we stand as the temple of His Spirit, we have access to His glory and His beauty which we can gaze all the rest of our lives. We don’t have to look for His presence from some distant place as He Himself is already living within our hearts.
I have been praying Psalm 27:4 but was surprised to know that God has already answered it. But this doesn’t mean I have to disregard it. Instead, I have to ask for an increase of awareness and of desire to walk with His closely, I can hear the sweet rhythm of His heartbeat.
While walking to my office, I was facinated to see small butterflies flitting above a small patch of blooms and greens in a corner. Their existence in a highly-modernistic area seems ironic, yet having them in this noisy, fast-paced realm can be relieving.
It’s the same with right God’s presence. We are so used with the noise and the blunder this world create that we become numb of His love. Just like the butterflies of this small, grassy, patch, most of us would not take time to feel God’s embrace and comfort – or be even aware that He is longing for us. But once we stop, detach ourselves from the temporary glitter and dross of this world, if we seek His heart and His face we will be aware – and enjoy His presence much as I’ve enjoyed these butterflies.
Doing that may sound ironic – but this is the one thing that we’ve missed in so much of our lives: His love.
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