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…
I. DAVID'S DESIRE. To "dwell in the house of the Lord," or to regularly attend the same, is very desirable —
1. Because of God Himself being there (Matthew 18:20). No wonder that any one who is "spiritually minded" should wish to be continually present with Christ.
2. Because of the blessings to be obtained there.
(1) Light, i.e. knowledge, holiness, joy.
II. DAVID'S DESIGN.
III. DAVID'S DETERMINATION. "That will I seek after." This supposes obstacles or hindrances. Various and many are the hindrances to public worship. Some, I fear, absent themselves because they are niggardly; but, I believe, others stay away often because they are poor, and cannot give as they would like to. Some are kept away by domestic engagements, the opposition of relatives, sickness, or young children; or, on week-days, by business. Satan seeks to hinder, and some neglect because of indifference. Let no one watch for excuses, but all look out for opportunities, seize them promptly, and use them earnestly; and thus, in spite of all drawbacks, like David, "seek after" the worship of God.
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.