One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life…
The character of this psalm is akin to that of the twenty-third in its language, ideas, and devotional spirit.
I. THE SOUL'S RESOLVE. What is life without aim, without purpose? It is a moral waste. The true soul will ever have its resolve, its mark, its aim.
1. It is single — "one thing." In a multiplicity of aims men fail.
2. It is earnest. That will I "seek" after. The earnest man is the real man.
II. THE SOUL'S DESIRE. This prompted the resolve, and moved the soul to action. It was for —
1. The enjoyment of the sanctuary. "That I may dwell in the house of the Lord." To souls depressed, what may not the house of God be to them — a Bethel, a "burning bush" where they may hear God's voice.
2. That this enjoyment may be life long — "All the days of my life." His soul found such delight in those services, and he would have this perpetuated.
III. THE SOUL'S PURPOSE.
1. To behold the Divine glory — "the beauty of the Lord."
2. To drink at the Divine fountain — "to inquire in His temple." God is the eternal Fountain of Truth and Goodness.
(J. W. Kaye.)
Parallel VersesKJV: One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; 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.