Psalm 27:1-8, The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? 2 When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell. 3 Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident. 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. 5 For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock. 6 And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in his tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the LORD. 7 Hear, O LORD, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me, and answer me. 8 When thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek.
One cannot read far without coming to a clear understanding that David loved and longed to know his God in a more personal and more intimate way. David wasn’t simply satisfied with going through the motions of institutional religion. Not even!
David longed to know his God!
When we read words like David’s as found in Psalm 63, “O God, Thou art my God; early will I seek Thee: my soul thirtieth for Thee, my flesh length for Thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; To see Thy power and Thy glory … Because thy lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise Thee. … My soul followeth hard after Thee …” it is very apparent that David longed to know God in an intimate way! The Psalms are filled with passages that reveal the hearts of those who longed to know their God in a more intimate and personal way.
Psalm 42:1-2, As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. 2 My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?
How can we forget Paul’s words in Philippians 3, “But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. … I counted all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ … THAT I MAY KNOW HIM, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death.”
May our heart’s desire and our prayer be to know Him, to love Him, to serve Him, to obey Him, and to introduce Him to others!
Jeremiah 9:23-24, Thus saith the LORD, Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches: 24 But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.