Psalms: 27-32 (NLT)
Jerry Tarver, Worship Team
David fought wild animals, a ferocious giant, and numerous battles. It would be understandable for him to look inward for strength. He left his childhood home to live in the house of the king. He could have relied on the powerful but unpredictable Saul. But David chose to face the circumstances of his life from the shelter of God. “The thing I seek most–is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, delighting in the Lord’s perfections and meditating in his Temple. For he will conceal me there when troubles come.” Psalm 27:4,5. David determined to take up permanent residence in the fortress of God.
When we, like David, seek most to live in the house of God every day, we find incredible benefits await us such as the following:
Intimacy. With God, we don’t ever have to be alone. “My heart has heard you say, ‘Come and talk with me.’ And my heart responds, ‘Lord I am coming.’” Psalm 27:8. “Even if my father and mother abandon me, the Lord will hold me close.” 27:10.
Influence. The more we live in God, the more likely we are to adopt His point of view when it comes to our enemies, (“The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart.” 28:7) our weaknesses, (“The Lord gives his people strength. The Lord blesses them with peace.” 29:11) our sorrow, (“You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing.” 30:11) and our fears, (“For the honor of your name, lead me out of this danger” 31:3).
Direction. The One who opens His home to us surrounds us with songs of a victorious life. “The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you” 32:8.