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…
David in the midst of a turbulent life finds refuge from the storm in the harbour of God's sanctuary.
I. THE REALIZED FACT THAT HE WHO INHABITS ETERNITY CONDESCENDS TO DWELL IN EARTHLY SANCTUARIES DEDICATED TO HIS WORSHIP. "The Lord loveth the gates of Zion." His presence makes it morally beautiful. He is the light and glory of it. Without Him the most gorgeous temple becomes a tomb.
II. DELIGHT BECAUSE OF ITS AUGUST AND INSPIRING SERVICES. The praise and prayer — the unfolding of the Word of God, and the illumination coming from the effluence of the Holy Spirit.
III. THE DELIGHTFUL REPOSE OF THE PASSIONS, AND REFRESHING OF THE AFFECTIONS, AND QUICKENING OF THE LIFE BY THE VISION OF THOSE HARMONIES THAT MEET IN GOD — His nature, works and ways, and which constitute the "beauty of the Lord."
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.