One Thing Have I Desired of the Lord
Have you ever stopped to think about why you come to church? I know part of it is that you can hardly wait to see your friendly pastor again and hear his funny jokes. All kidding aside, why do you come to church? I believe there ought to be certain identifiable reasons we all come to the house of the Lord.
In our text, the Psalmist, David, had some reasons for coming to the House of the Lord. There are really three reasons he gives; but in (vs.4a) he refers to them as, ''one thing.'' The one thing he refers to is this: ''That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life.'' The other two reasons are sub points--they are the benefits of dwelling in the House of the Lord. And what are they? ''That he may ''behold the beauty of the Lord,'' and that he may ''enquire in His temple.''
This evening I want to give you three things or three reasons why David desired to come to the house of the Lord:
I. To Dwell in the House of the Lord
II. To Behold the Beauty of the Lord
III. To Enquire in the Temple of the Lord
I. TO DWELL IN THE HOUSE OF THE LORD
A. David's Desire: ''One thing have I desired'' (vs.4a)
1. Throughout the Psalms we find David talking about the House of the Lord. It was always his desire to worship in God's Holy Temple. Psalm 61:4, ''I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings.'' Psalm 122:1, ''I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord.'' Can I ask you a question? Were you glad when someone said to you today, ''Let's go into the House of the Lord?'' Was it your desire to come to church this evening--to be in the presence of the Lord, and to fellowship with the saints? What is your purpose for being here tonight?
2. Desire is the thing that drives us, isn't it? It is the thing that causes us to want to come to church, or for that matter, to do anything at all for God. And by the way, when ...
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