Today’s bible study is Psalm 27:4: One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple.
In a conversation with Rev. Dr. John Whatley, Senior Pastor of the Community Church of the Midlands, he affirmed that God’s kingdom was not something we could look forward to only after death, but something we could enjoy here and now Realizing that can live in God’s kingdom every day of our lives makes it not only a promise but a reality. If we think of this meaning, the psalm is a song of joy that we are living in the house of the Lord and gazing at the beauty of the Lord, perhaps without even being aware of it. In a very real way, we experience that beauty every day. We see it in the beams of the sunrise, hear it in the song of a lark, watch it in the first flight of baby birds from the nest, smell it in the fragrance of a garden, and feel it in the coolness of dew. We hear it in the surf, in the rain, in the laughter of children, and in the music of a summer night.
The psalms as we read them were once the hymnal of Israelite worship. In the psalms we not only find expressions of all the emotions of life but also some of the most profound teachings in the entire Scripture. The Book of Psalms, or Psalter, was not completed until late in Israelite history. But it contains hymns written over a period of hundreds of years. Many individual psalms are far older than the whole book. When interpreting a psalm it is important first to determine what kind of psalm it is. In this way one can see how the psalmist intended it to be read.
The psalm we study today is one of praise, or a hymn of blessing. Psalm 27 reminds us that true righteousness is, above all, love for God and the joy of worship. The ones who love God are secure even in the tribulations of life because they are safe within the loving arms of God. In these days of terrorism and uncertainty, racial tension and political strife, this is comforting, calming and strengthening. May we accept this comforting knowledge and continue to live within the arms of God all the days of our lives, especially when we are beset by fear and are least aware of His ever-present love.
References: The People’s New Testament Commentary by M. Eugene Boring and Fred B. Craddock, The MacArthur Bible Commentary by John MacArthur and Concise Bible Commentary, David S. Dockery, General Editor. You might also like to read:
- Broad Brook Bible Study Examiner, Grace Dooley
- Atlanta Christian Living Examiner, Taylor Powell
- Atlanta Bible Study Examiner, Donna Sundblad
- Kentucky Bible Study Examiner, Timothy Edwards
- Daily Bible Guide
- Growing in Christ
- Bible Study Tools Online
- The Jesus Walk Bible Study Series