Day 9: January 9, 2019
On this final day of our study in Psalm 27:4, we’ll turn our attention to the third section of the verse: “to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and seek Him in His temple.” Open your study with a time of prayer, asking that the Lord would grow your delight in Him through it.
1. What two things does David mention in this third section? Take a moment to write them.
2. What do these two things indicate about what it means to “dwell in the house of the Lord”?
3. The phrase “the beauty of the Lord” occurs only one time in most Bible translations. Take some time to access a concordance or an online resource such as www.blueletterbible.org, and look up the word “beauty” here. What did you find? How could you rewrite this phrase?
4. Also look up the word for “seek.” What other word might you use here? How does it differ from the “seek” used earlier in the verse? Look at a few other versions for comparison.
5. Look again at John 1:14-15, John 4:23-24, and Titus 2:11-14. What parallels can you draw between them and section 3 of Psalm 27:4? What does Jesus Christ’s appearing indicate about God’s desire for intimacy with us?
6. Finish by reading the rest of Psalm 27. Take note of any similarities with or parallels to verse 4, particularly when David prays directly to God in verses 7-12, and use this as a guide for your time of prayer.
As you open your time of prayer, take a moment to read the following verses to focus on both the goodness of God and the counsel of His Word:
--Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him. ~ Psalm 34:8
--Blessed is the one…whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on His law day and night. ~Psalm 1:1-2
The biggest inhibitor to intimacy is sin, and God’s Word has a way of exposing sin. Start your time by asking the Lord to search your heart, and confess any sin to Him. He is faithful to forgive you! In doing so, you will find it much easier to delight in His goodness and in His Word. And even if you are going through a trial or hardship, as David was in our text, it is still good to gaze on His beauty. Now spend time in prayer praising God for His goodness, and continue by reading or reciting a few of your favorite verses, praying them to God.
Church-Wide Prayer Focus
Pray that we will react to each other in our daily lives—home, office, play—in ways full of God’s grace and forgiveness.
Pray for these Harvesters:
Brian & Janice Dare
Jo Ann Detloff
Missionaries: Noel & Reina Gomez (Honduras)