Psalms 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 enquire in his temple.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for Psalms 27:4

One thing haue I desired of the Lord, that will I seeke after: that I may dwel in the house of the Lord, all the dayes of my life, to behold the beautie of the Lord, and to inquire in his temple.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

One thing I have asked from the LORD, that I shall 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 meditate in His temple.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

One thing have I asked of Jehovah, that will I seek after; That I may dwell in the house of Jehovah all the days of my life, To behold the beauty of Jehovah, And to inquire in his temple.
- American Standard Version (1901)

One prayer have I made to the Lord, and this is my heart's desire; that I may have a place in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, looking on his glory, and getting wisdom in his Temple.
- Basic English Bible

One [thing] have I asked of Jehovah, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of Jehovah all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of Jehovah, and to inquire [of him] in his temple.
- Darby Bible

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.
- Webster's Bible

One thing I have asked of Yahweh, that I will seek after, that I may dwell in the house of Yahweh all the days of my life, to see Yahweh's beauty, and to inquire in his temple.
- World English Bible

One [thing] I asked of Jehovah -- it I seek. My dwelling in the house of Jehovah, All the days of my life, To look on the pleasantness of Jehovah, And to inquire in His temple.
- Youngs Literal Bible

One thing have I asked 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 graciousness of the LORD, and to visit early in His temple.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible Commentary for Psalms 27:4

Wesley's Notes for Psalms 27:4


27:4 Dwell. &c. - Have opportunity of constant attendance upon God. To behold - That there I may delight myself, in the contemplation of thy amiable and glorious majesty, and of thy infinite wisdom, holiness, justice, truth, and mercy.


Discussion for Psalms 27:4

  • Matheus Henrique da Silva on Psalms 27:4
    What did David meant by "House of the Lord"? Could it be the temple? I think not. Because David could not be in the temple every day, he was a king and had his duties. Then, would it be a spiritual level? Would it be a state of grace? A life of continuous prayer?
  • Chris - in Reply on Psalms 27:4
    I agree with you that it couldn't be the temple that David was referring to, as the Temple wasn't built yet - the first one built was by his son, Solomon. At that time, the Tabernacle was the place where God met with His people through the ministry of the High Priest & by the conduct of sacrifices. David could have referred to this 'Tent' as the House of the Lord, but as in so many of his writings, David always looked forward to the Heavenly Temple not made with hands. He might have regarded the time spent in prayer, seeking the Mind of God, or in the Tabernacle surrounds as special, but when He saw the Lord, with the eyes of faith & hope, all he could envision was the Lord in all His Glory, His Beauty & his longing to be with Him.

    And for us to, it does us good to be at a Church Fellowship to worship the Lord together, but if we're not there or not having one suitable to go to, can we still find every reason & joy within to lift up our hearts in praise of God & to enjoy His Beauty & envision His Glory? What a day that will be, when our faith & hope we've held onto, become sight for us as we worship at His Temple: right in the Presence of the Lord of Glory.
  • Matheus Henrique da Silva - in Reply on Psalms 27:4
    Thank you, Chris! It was good to remember that David really didn't have a temple to go to (I didn't remember this detail). And really the church can serve us as a meeting place with God. I find then that there are two meeting places: externally, in the Church, and internally, in the secret of our hearts. Thank you for the answer, pray for me; God bless you!
  • Doris lewis on Psalms 27:4
    I draw nigh to the Bible in general that I may habe a closed walk with God palm 27 assure me that God will protect me from pretty much everything all I have to do is trust him and he'll direct my path.
  • Janet Darkwa on Psalms 27:4
    There's nothing sweet and better than dwelling in the House of God. . I will and always dwell in the house of God. I am very grateful to my maker
  • Clarah on Psalms 27:4
    David showed us a good example by wanting to be in the house of the Lord am just blessed because after reading this verse I have been asking myself "Have I ever asked God that I want to dwell in his house for the rest of my life? " the was no. So I am blessed with David 's words that no matter what it 's better to be found in the house of the Lord in doing so we will be able to do exactly as him, thinking and everything. Amen
  • Nicola on Psalms 27:4
    We are to desire the Lord above all else, to be in communion with Him, seek His council, His grace and mercy. Without Him we can do nothing.
  • Kgomotso on Psalms 27:4
    Being in de house of the Lord signifies completeness,
  • Ricky on Psalms 27:4
    "One thing I have desired of the Lord ... " This verse speaks to me of David 's passion for God above all else, and longing to be found in His presence and lost in His love, every moment of his life to look into the beauty of God 's holiness.
  • Winnie on Psalms 27:4
    At this point David bogged down by situation, didn 't seem sure as to whether he could go on with God 's business. Thank God for his prayer, he would have fainted vs 13 14.


 

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