(Don Finto) “The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold,” Psalm 27 is one of my favorite psalms. The context of this psalm is that David is surrounded by enemies and is fearful. He begins the psalm by declaring who God is. “The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom will I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom will I be afraid?” (Ps. 27:1).

This deliberate focus on his great defender doesn’t start with intercession, but rather intimacy. This crescendos in verse 4: “One thing I have asked from the Lord, that will I seek after—for me to dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to see the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple.” This “one thing” desire and focus awakens the longing and passion in my heart like few other verses in Scripture. READ MORE