In Ps27:4 David, yearning for more of God, says “one thing I ask of God, this is what I seek, that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.” That dwelling in the house of God, living in God’s presence is fleshed out by the two following statements; this is what it means to dwell in God’s presence:
· To gaze upon the beauty of the Lord
· And to seek him in his temple
To gaze and to seek. We might say, to enjoy and to pursue. David is doing what the people do when they saw that magnificent view. Confronted with the beauty of the Lord he just wants to gaze. In saturating his eyes he satisfies his soul by enjoying the surpassing beauty of the Lord. And the second half is that he seeks him. You seek more of the one you enjoy. You pursue what you prize. That is the heart of worship. Saying to God “what I see of you delights me, and therefore I pursue you, I make much of you, I delight myself in you because I enjoy being with you and belonging to you.”
Then in v6 he gives us a glimpse of what that looks like when he is with God’s people. He says I will do my service with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the Lord. There is the singing and the music. The singing isn’t the foundation of the worship, but it sure is the natural symptom of a worshipping heart.
This was written down to make us dissatisfied with hearts that don’t want more. It was written to make us discontented if we aren’t growing in our worship life. It was written so we will yearn. It was written so we will raise our affections to him and yield our lives to him in worship.