Saturday Sermon: Seek to glorify God and enjoy Him above all
By Mike Singenstreu
June 28, 2013 at 1:28 a.m.
King David spoke of his desire for God in Psalm 27:4, "One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek: 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 seek Him in His temple."
David asked one thing of the Lord: to have the ability to enjoy Him. He knew to enjoy God guaranteed joy and fulfillment in his own life. David wanted to gaze upon His beauty and seek Him in His temple.
To gaze is to look intently with wonder or admiration, as a young man who discovers the girl of his dreams from across the room. Before he begins to initiate a relationship, he seeks unnoticed opportunities to gaze upon her beauty.
This is what David wanted to do, except he was more open about what he wanted. He wanted to gaze upon God, and he wanted everyone to know it.
David goes on to say that he wants to seek God. To seek is to search for something of great value or something greatly desired. David sought this kind of relationship with God.
He wanted to enjoy God to the fullest sense and constantly seeking Him is where that enjoyment comes into play. This is because while he seeks and gazes upon God's beauty, his personal joy grows as he does what he was created to do.
Psalm 27:4 is not an isolated text. David wrote often in a similar fashion. Check out Psalm 63:1-4 for instance. "O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water. I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory.
Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands." David is more fully expressive here than in Psalm 27. He earnestly seeks God; his soul thirsts for Him; and his body longs for Him.
Why such intense words? David had beheld God's power and glory and had experienced His intense love. As a result, he wanted even more to enjoy God and give Him glory.
True joy in this life comes only through growing in a desire to gaze upon the beauty of God's attributes and by seeking an ever-deepening relationship with Him. To enjoy life to its fullest is to glorify God and enjoy Him. These are two sides of the same coin.
The writers of the Westminster Shorter Catechism understood how important this message was. That is why they made it the first question of the Catechism. It is to this truth that the rest of the truths expressed in the Catechism are connected.
The chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy him forever. John Piper goes a bit further by stating it this way, "The chief end of man is to glorify God by enjoying Him forever."
So Scripture is one. We cannot enjoy life by doing whatever we want to do. We enjoy life as we seek to glorify God and enjoy Him above all. Soli Deo Gloria - to God only be the glory.
Mike Singenstreu is pastor at Christ Presbyterian Church.