What do you ask God for?

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In Psalm 27 David tells you about what he most wanted from God. He wanted to live in the house of the Lord forever. He knew that God would hide him in his sanctuary. He knew he would be safe in God’s house.

But here is the problem. David did not live in God’s house and he was no stranger to troubles. So what is David talking about in Psalm 27? What can you learn from his words?

What we know from other Psalms is that David’s heart was the place where he sought God. It was in his heart that he knew the joy of living with God. The joy that David expresses in Psalm 51 flows from the clean heart that God created for him.

What David wanted most was for God to reside in his heart. This reality meant hope and security in his life, no matter how troubling life was. Pray David’s prayer. Desire God in your heart. Pray earnestly that all the other pretenders that desire your heart would fall by the wayside. Only seeking God in the sanctuary of your heart will bring safety and peace.

Pray David’s prayer.

Psalm 27:4-5
The one thing I ask of the Lord—
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;
he will hide me in his sanctuary.
He will place me out of reach on a high rock.

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Jay Younts
John A. (Jay) Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger, and is a ruling elder serving at Redeemer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He has written Everyday Talk, Everyday Talk About Sex & Marriage, Finding the Right Track, the In Touch With Paul stewardship series, and What About War. He has studied and taught about biblical childrearing for 30 years. He and his late wife Ruth have five adult children.