Ps 27:4 - God's Presence *
In David's time only the priests were allowed in the house of the Lord (the tabernacle). This is where God's presence was, so anyone outside of the Levitical tribe had to remain outside the tabernacle, especially the inner sanctuary called the Holy of Holies. What David was saying in this verse is that "I long for your presence God. I long to be in the same place you are. I want to spend all of my time in your presence, with you, communing with you, basking in your beauty and your goodness." But David was a king - Kings weren't allowed in God's House to bask in God's presence, only the Priests were. With these words David was revealing that although he was in a kingly position he had a priestly heart. This is why God said "David is a man after my own heart" - he has the heart of a priest that longs to just be with me. He had more of a priestly heart than any of the priests! We know that because God never said that a priest was a man after His own heart - He only said it of David.
Now, after Jesus came, He has made us all priests, and we should long for God's presence all the days of our life. If this isn't the inner longing of our spirit then we need to spend more time with our Savior. You treasure what you pursue, so if you want to treasure God's presence as David did then you need to start pursuing God! Go after Him, and when you're in His presence just wait there, forever!
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