The One Thing Desired

In Psalm 27:4 we read, “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 inquire in his temple.” This expresses aptly the goal of all our endeavours as new creatures in Christ—the attainment of the Heavenly Kingdom. It can be attained, however, solely in His strength, hence the need that “he shall strengthen thine heart.”

This is surely the right outlook at the opening of the year, more particularly because we know the subtlety of the Adversary in these evil days.

As we wait on the LORD, so we should evince keen interest in His Word and in the wonderful truths which belong in our day. This attitude alone will enable us to endure even unto the end. It is expressed in other language in verse 8 of Psalm 27, “Thy face, LORD, will I seek.”

(Old Paths, January 1956)