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…
"One thing," says the psalmist, "I desire; that will I seek after." Now what do you suppose it was? If you yourselves were about to express, at this moment, the one desire of your hearts — I mean that which was really and sincerely so — what would it be? Many of you would point, I have no doubt, to various things in which happiness is generally regarded as consisting — such a situation, such an income, such family comforts, such temporal enjoyments, and so on. You would, you think, be well content with these. Some few, however, would say that the "one thing" they would desire is to be Christ's. Well, now, read the text fully, and you will see that David is not of your mind who care only for the good things of this world. Consider, then —
I. THE THING DAVID DESIRES, viz. "to dwell in the house of the Lord," etc.
II. THE FERVENCY AND SINCERITY OF HIS DESIRE. "One thing have I desired of the Lord," etc.
III. THE CAUSE OF HIS DESIRE, or the ends for the sake of which he entertains it; viz. "to behold the beauty of the Lord," etc.
(A. Roberts, M. A.)
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.