Psalm 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 inquire in his temple.


“One thing.”

Divided aims tend to distraction, weakness, disappointment.

The man of one book is eminent, the man of one pursuit is successful.

Let all our affection be bound up in one affection, and that affection set upon heavenly things.

“Have I desired”

– what we cannot at once attain, it is well to desire.

God judges us very much by the desire of our hearts.

He who rides a lame horse is not blamed by his master for want of speed, if he makes all the haste he can, and would make more if he could;

God takes the will for the deed with his children.

“Of the Lord.”

This is the right target for desires,

this is the well into which to dip our buckets,

this is the door to knock at,

the bank to draw upon;

desire of men, and lie on the dunghill with Lazarus:

desire of the Lord, and be carried of angels into Abraham’s bosom.

Our desires of the Lord should be sanctified, humble, constant, submissive, fervent, and it is well if, as with the Psalmist, they are all molten into one mass.

Under David’s painful circumstances we might have expected him to desire repose, safety, and a thousand other good things, but no, he has set his heart on the pearl, and leaves the rest.

“That will I seek after.”

Holy desires must lead to resolute action.

The old proverb says, “Wishers and woulders are never good housekeepers,” and “wishing never fills a sack.” Desires are seeds which must be sown in the good soil of activity for they will yield no harvest.

We shall find our desires to be like clouds without rain, unless followed up by practical endeavours.

“That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.”

For the sake of communion with the King, David longed to dwell always in the palace;

so far from being wearied with the services of the Tabernacle, he longed to be constantly engaged in them, as his lifelong pleasure.

He desired above all things to be one of the household of God, a home-born child, living at home with his Father.

This is our dearest wish, only we extend it to those days of our immortal life which have not yet dawned.

We pine for our Father’s house above, the home of our souls;

if we may but dwell there for ever, we care but little for the goods or ills of this poor life.

“Jerusalem the golden” is the one and only goal of our heart’s longings.

“To behold the beauty of the Lord.”

An exercise both for earthly and heavenly worshippers.

We must not enter the assemblies of the saints in order to see and be seen, or merely to hear the minister;

we must repair to the gatherings of the righteous, intent upon the gracious object of learning…

more of the loving Father,

more of the glorified Jesus,

more of the mysterious Spirit, in order that we may the

more lovingly admire, and the

more reverently adore our glorious God.

What a word is that, “the beauty of the Lord!”

Think of it, dear reader!

Better far – behold it by faith!

What a sight will that be when every faithful follower of Jesus shall behold “the King in his beauty!”

Oh, for that infinitely blessed vision!

“And to enquire in his temple.”

We should make our visits to the Lord’s house enquirers’ meetings.

Not seeking sinners alone, but assured saints should be enquirers.

We must enquire as to the will of God and how we may do it;

as to our interest in the heavenly city, and how we may be more assured of it.

We shall not need to make enquiries in heaven, for there we shall know even as we are known;

but meanwhile we should sit at Jesus’ feet, and awaken all our faculties to learn of him.

29 thoughts on “ONE THING…

  1. That special lady was my “step” grandma-the daughter she lost was my “step” mom! What was such a bad thing for me growing up- thinking I was unloved because my mom wasn’t with me (which is a whole other testimony! ❤️) GOD TURNED INTO GOOD! Now as a grandparent the Good Lord is allowing Himself to be glorified to the next generation! I can not wait to see my special Grammy again! My Gram Cracker ❤️❤️❤️

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  2. You know another thing I love of about our God- our Lord- our Father? The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob! He is forever teaching us! Always something to be blessed by through His Word!!!

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  3. Amen! The lady that I said was nuts was my “step” grandma- she lost her only daughter – my “step” mom! With tears of joy in this moment I am saying this to you: I CAN NOT WAIT TOL WE GET TO SEE EACH OTHER AGAIN!!! God took what was a terrible lonely dark life and turned it into good for HIS glory and honor! ❤️ Amen?


  4. Sorry! I couldn’t find it in my blog so here it is from my emails! I will let you read it and tell you after what this had to do with a “special” grandparent ❤️

    God’s Golden Glow
    As a child growing up I had always felt a void. It was an empty black void. Growing up in “different circumstances” I had been taught by one parent that everything that happened bad was because of God. So my perception of God was hate. I had grown up grumbling at Him hating Him and myself. Thinking that everything that was happening to me was because of Him. It seemed as though I were always being “punished” and I couldn’t figure out why.
    As a teenager I became promiscuous-had an eating dis-order, drank and did drugs. I tried desperately to fill that void with these things only to be right back where I started-empty and full of void and lonely. Black is not even a descriptive enough word for depression. I had so much hate on my heart towards life and God and had attempted suicide twice. Some say if you really want to kill yourself you can. That’s not always true-I was a teenager and did NOT know how. I knew I wanted out of my misery though. GOD KNOWS, I TRIED!!
    I had been on anti-depressants and found all they did was make me loopy they NEVER took the depression away. So I would stop taking them thinking okay-this IS the way it is and I am going to have to live through it. I learned to just get through life. So I dealt with it on my own. Some days I would just shut down. I would work and then come home and not talk to anyone for days. Then, I would have days that I was extremely high or extremely low-there was no “happy medium”. (I was never diagnosed bi-polar/manic depressive but do believe that is what I would have been diagnosed with.)
    On July 28, 1986 at the age of 20 I gave birth to my oldest son I looked at him after he was born and cried and thought, “THERE HAS GOT TO BE A GOD-A GOOD GOD! This little baby is such a miracle-he didn’t come from no where!” That was the thought I had and left it at that. That was also the first KIND thought I had towards God. Shortly after, the depression settled back into my every being.
    As time went on I found myself pregnant with my second child.
    One night I had gone to bed. I was in a deep state of depression, Suicide was now the only way I saw to escape….as I lay there in the dark with my oldest baby in his crib at my feet-pregnant-I began to weep-I couldn’t quit-I was trying to figure a way to escape from the dark-to end it all through suicide. Then all of a sudden I remembered someone that had been in my life. She loved the Lord with all her heart. She would insist to me that He was good as I would watch things “bad” happen to her. When she lost her only daughter (someone that was a good friend of mine- that was the love of her life and mine) she STILL thought God was great! I could not understand that! I went to her and asked her “do you still love God?”. She said ,”Yes. My heart is broken but HE is still good.” I flat out told her “I am TIRED of this God and I have had enough” and left.” I thought “She is nuts”! I wasn’t able to comprehend how she could love a “bad” God that kept inflicting pain on her heart. I had remained close to her and loved her as I had become her substitute daughter. While in the midst of being broken hearted and weeping I had remembered this special lady and how much she loved the Lord and in a last ditch effort I cried to Him. Not thinking He would hear me or that He would care about me because so many times I screamed at Him and blasphemed Him-and cursed Him-WHY SHOULD HE LISTEN TO ME? I thought as I wept uncontrollably. I said “God, I don’t know if you are there-I don’t know if you care or know who I am-BUT I CAN’T TAKE ANOTHER DAY OF BLACK-I CAN’T TAKE ANOTHER DAY OF LONELINESS I CAN”T TAKE….” Then bam out of no where came a glow- I call it God’s Golden Glow now-it started at the top of my head and washed threw my whole body to the end’s of my toes! It was a PEACE! A peace I had never-ever known! I was stunned-I KNEW it was a peace from God-I had been so hateful to Him and people in my life and there He was when I didn’t even deserve to be listened to by Him!! He didn’t let me kill myself! HE SAVED ME FROM LITERAL DEATH! WOW!
    I have learned a lot since that day and it has taken me many years to come to the knowledge that we rest in what God has already done for us. We love the Lord and keep the faith no matter what! Just as that special lady had done so many years ago! I know now how she did that. I NEVER EVER thought I would know that day! I believe this special lady was placed in my life for a reason-God placed her there under “different circumstances”. HE knew because of her faith in Him He would save me from MURDERING myself and my only daughter one day….I do not believe people are in our lives by chance-God has shown me He does the placing of those people. Could it happened from some one else in my life if she hadn’t of been part of it? Maybe? But that’s not how He chose to work it! I learned FAITH in Jesus and what He did for us for our eternity is the best depression medication ever-it’s free and no withdrawals!
    I THANK GOD He so graciously let me live that day. A lot of things have happened since-some bad-some good. He has shown me it is easy to get through those things because they are “BUT FOR THE MOMENT..” compared to an eternity with Him.
    I leave you with these 2 verses of scripture that I didn’t even know that dark day:

    1) Psalm 53 :1-The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity: there is none that doeth good.”
    (This was me- a fool-a LONELY DARK FOOL)

    2) Psalm 138:3-In the day when I cried thou answeredest me, and strengthenedst me with strength in my soul.
    (This is me now!)

    To who ever reads the testimony God has given me to be shared in due time, may you feel God’s Glorious power that He can give such a deep dark heart!
    LOVE- The wretch He saved!!
    Beth Griffith Schafer

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