As he so often calls upon God's mercy in supplication, I don't see any certainty of his salvation in the words of King David. In expressing "that I may live in the house of the Lord forever", he seems to be expressing a desire for salvation, not a definite declaration regarding his own as if it was a done deal.
Where does he say "may"? Not Psalm 23 or LXX 72.
Bad, bad Truthstalker! Don't turn this into Another Thread On Eternal Security. "swats self with rolled-up newspaper"
You have made it plain where you are at on this. Thank you. "swats self for no good reason"
Stop doing violence to yourself!!
In Psalm 26 (27) King David says "One thing I beg of the Lord, one thing will I ask:
that I may live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, so that I may behold the joys of the Lord
and always see his temple."
I don't like using "proof texts" because verses should be seen in context, and I'm not sure that the verse is even applicable to thoughts of "eternal salvation" or otherwise. I'm no theologian, but I do get the overall impression, from reading the Psalms, that King David realises the need for continued repentance in the hope of salvation. I don't get the impression that he believes that he knows
that he is already saved. He seems to constantly see himself as a sinner in need of repentence and that his salvation is contingent on God's mercy.
Psalm 27 (28)
1 To You I will cry, O LORD my Rock:
Do not be silent to me,
Lest, if You are silent to me,
I become like those who go down to the pit.
2 Hear the voice of my supplications
When I cry to You,
When I lift up my hands toward Your holy sanctuary.
3 Do not take me away with the wicked
And with the workers of iniquity,
Who speak peace to their neighbors,
But evil is in their hearts.
4 Give them according to their deeds,
And according to the wickedness of their endeavors;
Give them according to the work of their hands;
Render to them what they deserve.
5 Because they do not regard the works of the LORD,
Nor the operation of His hands,
He shall destroy them
And not build them up.
6 Blessed be the LORD,
Because He has heard the voice of my supplications!
7 The LORD is my strength and my shield;
My heart trusted in Him, and I am helped;
Therefore my heart greatly rejoices,
And with my song I will praise Him.
8 The LORD is their strength,[a]
And He is the saving refuge of His anointed.
9 Save Your people,
And bless Your inheritance;
Shepherd them also,
And bear them up forever.