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Twelfth-century writer Bernard of Clairvaux referred to David as the maximus contemplator (cf. "The Evangelical Resistance and Retrieval of Contemplation, by Tom Schwanda, in Journal of Spiritual Formation and Soul Care, Spring 2014, Vol. 7, No. 1, p. 70). David has a one-thing focus that is seen in Psalm 27:4:
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.
Here's the Davidic one-thing focus again, in Ps. 63:1-5:
Schwanda writes: "Both of these Davidic psalms communicate the intense longing and fulfilled delight of being in God's presence." (Ib.)
My understanding and experience of praying is that it happens in God's presence.
Praying opens the door to the realized presence of God.