Read: Psalm 84
David always desired to dwell in God’s house though he was a king who lived in his palace. David said, “One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek: 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” (Ps. 27:4). He cherished God’s presence and fellowship with God more than anything else in life. The psalmist said, “For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness” (Ps. 84:10).
When King David was living in the palace, he desired to build a temple for God. He said, “The zeal of Thine house has eaten me up” (Ps. 69:9). King David was a man of prayer. He prayed “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever” (Ps. 23:6). He had great joy to go to the house of the Lord (Ps. 122:1). “Lord, I love the habitation of Thy house, and the place where Thy glory dwells. My foot stands in an even place: in the congregations will I bless the Lord” (Ps. 26:8,12).
David loved to be in God’s presence always. He found great happiness and peace. Again the psalmist said, “For I used to go with the multitude; I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept a pilgrim feast” (Ps. 42:4). Do we have great happiness to meet God in His sanctuary and have fellowship with Him and His children? Do we desire His presence more than anything else in life?