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.
Many of the Psalms begin with trouble, grief, or sorrow, and end in trust. This Psalm begins with trust, has a little sorrow thrown in the middle and ends again with trust. Dr. Thomas Constable said it best, he states “This Psalm is a Psalm of confident trust.” Notice in verse one that David doesn’t say that God simply gives light, but that He is light; he doesn’t say God gives salvation, but that He is the very essence of salvation; He not only gives strength, He is strength. This leads David to ask the rhetorical question of “whom shall I be afraid.” Sometimes we marvel at the confident trust David had in God, but we see in verse four how David came to have such a trust in the Lord.
The secret to David’s obvious confidence in the Lord was his private relationship with God. David said there is one thing that he seeks after, we see his singleness of mind (James 1:8) David was able to be stable, to be confident because he was single minded. That phrase dwell in the house of the Lord speaks of our personal fellowship with the Savior. Do you make it a priority to spend time with the Lord each day? To behold the beauty of the Lord simply speaks of us meditating on the glory and the characteristics of God, just sitting silently and thinking about and thanking God for who He is not just what He’s done. It’s like Jesus prayed “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.” To enquire in his temple simply means to consider, to reflect upon. David took time to meditate and focus on who God is, but also what God had done, and was going to do. That’s why David could come away from these times with the attitude he has in verse one, how he could make claims like “you are my rock” “you are my high tower” etc. If we want to have confident trust in God it starts with our personal relationship with God. This verse challenges me in so many ways. If we spend sweet time with God everyday, spend time meditating on who He is, and spend time thanking Him for what He has done, and what He will do we too can say “whom (or what) shall I be afraid.”