4 One ['echad] thing have I desired
[sha'al] of the LORD [Yahovah], that will I seek [baqash]
after; that I may dwell [yashab] in the house [bayith] of the LORD [Yahovah] all
the days [yowm] of my life [chay], to behold [chazah] the
beauty [no`am] of the LORD [Yahovah], and to enquire [baqar] in
his temple [heykal]. KJV-Interlinear
4 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. NASB
From the time of Adam and Eve until the time of Moses, God only had a temporary dwelling place, the first of which was in the Garden with Adam and Eve, and then subsequent to their eviction from the garden, God did not have a dwelling place until the time of Moses when the tabernacle was constructed.
And even then the tabernacle was a representation at best of a temporary dwelling place for God here on earth.
That first tabernacle traveled around with the Israelites from campsite to campsite, and then when they crossed over the Jordan into the promised land, then the tabernacle moved from village to village or from town to town until the time of David.
And then once David became King, the tabernacle was finally brought to Jerusalem, but David was not allowed to build a temple to house the tabernacle. God told David that his son would complete the construction.
And when God mentioned David’s son, there was a dual reference. His son Solomon, constructed a temple a stone. But his spiritual son Jesus Christ, was the one that would build a permanent temple, one not made with human hands.
Knowing this, and understanding the nature of his own request, David desires to dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of his life, as well as being able to make inquiry of the Lord, within the Lords Temple.
So, one might ask, how would this be possible if the temple had not been constructed?
And the answer to that is quite simple. Gods ultimate and final resting place will be within the soul of each believer in Christ. The construction material for the spiritual building within the soul, is Bible doctrine.
Learning Bible doctrine, in effect, promotes the construction of the temple, fortress, palace, within the soul of the believer. The repetition of that learning process, combined with understanding of what it is you are learning, combined with using that understanding in your daily life, which is the spiritual production of your life, which leads to wisdom, and ultimately builds muscle for your real spiritual strength, which is faith. These then are the finishing materials of that building structure.
The house is not a home until it is lived in, and you cannot live in a house until it is completed, finished, decorated, landscaped, and so forth. Your spiritual production is that finishing process that makes your spiritual home, temple, fortress, palace, more and more complete.
And so, for David and for all of us, by studying the Scriptures, and learning, and understanding, and growing up in our spiritual lives, all the while being in fellowship as a result of our continued daily and repetitious confessions as needed, then we are living within God’s temple, which is in our soul, and furthermore when in fellowship, we are face-to-face with the Lord, relatively speaking.
Today the world is filled with churches and all sorts of temples scattered across the planet. All of these of course were constructed with human hands from the building materials that we have here on earth. None of them of course, are equivalent to, or can compete with, the Bible doctrine that you assimilate into your soul.
Earthly churches, sooner or later will go away. But, the Bible doctrine and spiritual production that you accumulate within your soul, is permanent and eternal. It is your direct connection and relationship with God.
That is why Bible doctrine, and the learning process while in fellowship, combined with your daily use of doctrine for spiritual production, are the most important things that you will ever have in your life.
As goes your spiritual growth, so goes your spiritual life.
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