One Thing // Three Things

In Psalm 27 (verse 4), David requests… and is committed to actively pursue…


He says that it’s one thing, and immediately mentions three things.

“One thing have I asked of the Lord, that will I seek after:

(1) that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,

(2) to behold the graciousness of the Lord, [to gaze upon His beauty]


(3) to visit His Temple [to seek Him in His temple]”


Is David asking three things immediately after saying that he is asking one thing?

Or are the three things all wrapped up into one thing?

Or more specifically, are all three things really just one thing…simply worded in three different ways?


He didn’t just request this thing (these things).

He is committed to actively seeking after it (them).


If you desire the Lord, you seek Him.


(1) “dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life”…

Live there every single day. To be in the house of the Lord. To be where God lives.


(2) “to gaze upon His beauty”…

Ok. Not just live there, but SEE.

The Psalmist doesn’t just want to live where God lives. He wants to see God.


(3) “to seek Him in His temple”

Not just LIVE there. Not just SEE Him there. But SEEK Him there.


I don’t just want to be near you.

I don’t just want to see you.

I want you.


And that’s all I need.