Psalm 27:4 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Psalm 27:4, NIV: "One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple."

Psalm 27:4, ESV: "One thing have I asked 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 gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in his temple."

Psalm 27:4, KJV: "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."

Psalm 27:4, NASB: "One thing I have asked from the LORD, that I shall seek: 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 meditate in His temple."

Psalm 27:4, NLT: "The one thing I ask of the LORD--the thing I seek most--is to live in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, delighting in the LORD's perfections and meditating in his Temple."

Psalm 27:4, CSB: "I have asked one thing from the LORD; it is what I desire: to dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, gazing on the beauty of the LORD and seeking him in his temple."

What does Psalm 27:4 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

David's top priority in life was his relationship with the Lord. Although he was in the wilderness seeking refuge from his enemies, David's heart was in the tabernacle seeking the beauty of God. He longed to return to the tabernacle and spend the rest of his life in worship. Sometimes trouble drives us closer to the Lord and makes us more desirous of worshiping Him in the fellowship of other believers.

The prophet Jonah realized that when he was in the belly of the great fish his life was fainting away. And yet, he remembered the Lord and prayed to Him (Jonah 2:7). The Lord answered Jonah's prayer and delivered him from the great fish, depositing him safely on shore (Jonah 2:10). The believers to whom the book of Hebrews was addressed were tempted to faint under persecution. So the writer exhorted them to cling to faith "without wavering" and to "stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another" (Hebrews 10:23–25).