3 Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then I will be confident. 4 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.
This is a psalm written by King David. In many periods of his life, David faced adversity. But what stands out is his sense of confidence and triumph in the midst of his difficulties. David trusted in God to find his confidence. Faith overtakes fear.
But then David shifts gears to contemplate the goodness and greatness of the Lord. He says, “This is what I want; this is what completes me – to spend my time in God’s house, praising God’s name, seeking him and gazing upon his face.” I think of Michel W. Smith speaking before one of his songs, saying how he cherishes time alone in his car, where he can block out other things, turn the radio up loud, and sing to the Lord. He says he probably is making a fool of himself, but it means so much to him to find time to praise God. However and whenever we will carve out time to contemplate our God, let us give God our thanks and praise.
Almighty God, precious Savior, let us gaze upon your face, let us adore you and praise you and give you all glory. For you love us and are with us, no matter where we are or what danger we face. We pray for peace in the world. Help us do what we may to care for others in Jesus’ name. Amen.