Let us see--. One thing ... that I may dwell in - not literal 'dwelling,' but spiritual (Psalms 15:1; Psalms 23:6; John 14:23; Revelation 3:12). That he might inquire in His temple. 2. On the other hand, one may use the surface water without stint, if one is sure that the deep springs are being fed. And the house of God is beautiful also because the angels are present there: and because of the order of the Church, and the means of salvation--prayer, the Word, the Sacraments--which are there. It introduces to a life loftier and deeper, richer and fuller, more strenuous and more peaceful, more joyful and more sympathetic, more self-denying and more self-abandoning, than any of which the world has dreamed. That is to say, the amiable quality which distinguishes him, we find also in God, and in an infinitely greater degree. If our hearts can witness for us 4. Psalms 27:4 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 enquire in his temple. the Lord’s beauty, last mentioned, which is discovered more or less, as men are diligent ot negligent in seeking or inquiring into it. "Commentary on Psalms 27:4". Public worship was an urgent, pressing necessity in the psalmist’s case. It is he who, having wealth, does not keep it to himself, but shares it with such as are less favoured by Providence. Well, the generous millionaire is, in some measure, like God. The psalmist could achieve this well in Israel near the ark of the covenant, where God localized His presence in a special sense. The word לבקר, lebakker, here rendered to inquire, properly signifies to search, or seek diligently, namely, to know the mind and will of God and his own duty; or, to behold the Lord’s beauty, last mentioned, and the light of his countenance, which is discovered more or less, as men are more or less diligent or negligent, in seeking or inquiring into it. The original is peculiar. Well, and how does this great God bear Himself towards us? At the fourth verse the sentiment and atmosphere undergo an entire change. that will I seek after’ There are two points to be kept in view to that end. That might be true at that period of his history, but he started with eyes. Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. "This verse is a prayer for eternal life in heaven with Yahweh. 3. The house of God has followed him, and in some mysterious way is still his habitation and shelter. A change of air and scene without a doubt has its value. And through them, mainly, sinners are won over to God. To some, therefore, it is an excellent discipline surely to come to the place where one’s very presence acknowledges dependence and confesses how little our native power avails. Wiser than many busy men of to-day, he sees that the strenuousness of life, so far from justifying indifference to worship and absence from the house of God, constitutes the strongest argument for regular and eager attendance. For admonition. The whole force of his being is concentrated upon a single aim. “One thing have I desired,” etc. Contrast--Absalom, Pharisees. The colours of the rainbow are beautiful, when taken one by one: but there is a beauty in the rainbow, which arises not from any single tint: a beauty which is the result of their assemblage and collocation, and consists in their blended radiance. III. The "dwelling in the house, of the Lord," towards which the prayer and the desire are directed, is here, as in all other passages (compare Psalms 23:6, Psalms 15:1), to be understood figuratively, as equivalent to, "being an inmate of God's house," "to stand towards Him in a confidential relation," "to enjoy His favour." There is a beauty, also, when rich and poor, high and low, who seldom meet together on other occasions, assemble in one place, one great family, in the presence of their common Lord, when they are stripped of every adventitious circumstance, and where virtue makes the only distinction among them. Copyright StatementThe New John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible Modernised and adapted for the computer by Larry Pierce of Online Bible. There is the great man--the man of high rank--who regards his inferiors with a haughty look. He who does not use a gift loses it, and he who neglects to pray is but in a way to lose possession of his divine citizenship. ].” In our ordinances, Jesus Christ is so fully revealed, that he may be said to be “evidently set forth crucified before our eyes [Note: Galatians 3:1. II. But there is in all lands one pure virgin--the grace of God--which we have seen searching patiently for His sons in the mire, following them through the haunts of sin, waiting through the rage of evil desire. In this psalm we have shown us David’s comfort. 1. He was moved thereto by the wonderful, rare, heavenly blessings which are enjoyed there, and nowhere else. ]:” and at his holy table we “eat his flesh, and drink his blood,” as truly in a spiritual sense, as we do really and substantially eat the bread and drink the wine by which they are represented. ],” and they were even “as a sword in his bones [Note: Psalms 42:10. The first matter in hand, then, between God and sinners, in the work of making reconciliation, is, that they believe in Him; that they credit the sayings of the Gospel to be faithful sayings. The beauty of the Lord is that display of His presence and perfections which is made to the minds of His true and spiritual worshippers. I. the great object of his ardent desire. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/psalms-27.html. The meaning of the passage is, that he would wish to seek instruction, or to obtain light on the great questions pertaining to God, and that he looked for this light in the place where God was worshipped, and by means of the views which that worship was adapted to convey to the mind. “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. This translation, in the first place is contrary to the usus loquendi in three respects. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tbi/psalms-27.html. The child is possessed by what Wordsworth called “chance desires.” Every shop window is crowded with objects of desire; he wants so many of the sweet and pretty things, that it is cruelty to ask him to say which. David’s impulse is a good one: he tells us his secret: it is an inclination to religion--the best bias in the world. ]:” or rather, the more appropriate language of his heart is, “O God, thou art my God: early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee; my flesh longeth for thee, in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; to see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary [Note: Psalms 63:1-2. It is “the house of the Lord.” The place where God is to be found and known. But the true explanation is not, I think, in that direction. That seems hard, and people say, ‘Impossible! That most misunderstood doctrine of the Atonement accounts for most. Yet how slow is He to put it forth I It cannot be said that it is easier for Him to pardon and cancel man’s sin than to avenge it. Of the Lord he desired this “one thing.” When we have holy desires, turn them into prayers. It is a real desire, not feigned. 1. As in “the gate Beautiful.” But the Old Testament has it frequently, and applies it to things, qualities, actions, persons. "Commentary on Psalms 27:4". BibliographyGill, John. 2. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/psalms-27.html. ].” On some occasions, his enemies, knowing how painful to him his absence from the tabernacle was, exulted over him, and said, “Where is now thy God?” And so distressing to him were these impious taunts, that “tears were his meat night and day on account of them [Note: Psalms 42:3. Psalm 37:4 says, “Delight yourself also in the LORD and He shall give you the desires of your heart.” Since it is human nature to battle against self-worship, we are tempted to focus on the latter half of this verse which seems to promise that God will give us whatever our little hearts desire. A man is no longer what he was before: gradually, imperceptibly to himself, he has imbibed a new set of ideas, and become imbued with fresh principles. II. III. Let no one mourn that they have not such things. Conclusion--. Constant and abiding--he has desired it, and still he “will seek after” it.
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