Psalm 26:4; 83:5
One thing I have asked of the Lord, this will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life. V. Blessed are they that dwell in Thy house, O Lord, they shall praise Thee for ever and ever.
Verse 4. House; the tabernacle, (H.) or temple, (C.) unless he may rather allude to God’s presence and union, or his enjoyment in heaven. Bert. — He had already expressed a similar wish. Ps. xxv. 8. C. — “When we love what God approves, he will surely grant our request. S. Aug. — David esteemed it as a special benefit to be in the Catholic Church, which is the only true house of God. W. — Delight; beauty and sweetness, as the Heb. implies. Many of the ancients read, “the will,” voluntatem, with Sixtus V. &c. But the edition of Clem. VIII. agrees with the Heb. and Oriental versions. C. — To comply with God’s will, is the only means of arriving at his beatific vision. H. — David was more grieved at being kept at a distance from the tabernacle, than from his own family. He envied the happiness of those who could attend the divine worship. M.