A Closer Look
Psalm 27:4 is a great example for us in how David petitions God, “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.”
It’s a beautiful scripture, one I’d encourage you to memorize, but it’s also an easy one to skip the context and get right to the practical - seeking the Lord, which is a good thing - no doubt.
But, let’s first put ourselves in David’s shoes. God was not experienced then the way that He is today. The Holy Spirit did not reside permanently in any particular person. So, the place where God’s presence came down was extra special - this was often the temple - near the ark of the Covenant.
This was seen as a place of safety - it’s where Joash hid out for six years to preserve the Messianic lineage, and where Nehemiah would later come back to at the time of Israel’s broken walls. Now, here’s the application. God’s house, the temple was where the Lord was. Today, His presence isn’t as limited, but that doesn’t mean you don’t have to search out and find Him in His favourite locations.