Psalm 27:4 both inspires and challenges.
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.
First – In praying this I have seen the Lord bear fruit, however I then go on to ask the Lord to give ministry success as well, missing the point that He is sufficient in Himself.
The Lord has been challenging me to be content with ‘one thing’! Only when willing to be open, that my ‘one’ ministry was to dwell in His house, experiencing the ‘humiliation’ of ‘not doing anything’ did He open the door to further ministry.
Second is the context – I had imagined it as the longings of one far from worries. In fact it is written in conflict. V12 –
Do not hand me over to the desire of my foes, for false witnesses rise up against me, spouting malicious accusations.
David the general has confidence not in his skill, but in the Lord. This confidence comes not from his history of success but from the core of his soul. He has encountered the Lord and seen His goodness in both success and failure. So David is at peace confident of God’s goodness, whatever that may look like. He prays, ‘One thing’ not out of sentimentality but because the outer situation reinforces the need for his core relationship with God to be developed.
The study from which this was derived is found in BibleBase2ADaringFaith