“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.”
This passage finds itself in the middle of a psalm focused on a strong trust in the Lord. The psalmist speaks of a fearless outlook on his adversaries because the Lord is his “light and salvation.” The evil that stood against him forced him to look upward. He realized that his future was not a life of ease among evildoers, but life eternal in the presence of a great, beautiful, and glorious God!
The New Testament also provides further insight into this great future:
“Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
The goal, here mentioned by Paul, is a reflection of what David said in Psalm 27. Ultimately, the New Testament believer has the future goal of Christlikeness. The “prize” of such “pressing on” is the fulfillment of the goal – Christlikeness in heaven!
Later on, in the same chapter of Philippians, Paul tells the believer where his real home is:
“For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself.” Philippians 3:20-21
What a day believers have to look forward to – to meet Christ, receive a glorified body, and be made like Him! This is something we should be eagerly anticipating. John, in Revelation 22:20, shows us his anticipation for Christ’s return:
“He who testifies to these things says, ‘Yes, I am coming quickly.’ Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.“