Psalm 132

Psalm 132

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The Lord Has Chosen Zion

A Song of Ascents.

132   Remember, O LORD, in David’s favor,
    all the hardships he endured,
  how he swore to the LORD
    and vowed to the Mighty One of Jacob,
  “I will not enter my house
    or get into my bed,
  I will not give sleep to my eyes
    or slumber to my eyelids,
  until I find a place for the LORD,
    a dwelling place for the Mighty One of Jacob.”
  Behold, we heard of it in Ephrathah;
    we found it in the fields of Jaar.
  “Let us go to his dwelling place;
    let us worship at his footstool!”
  Arise, O LORD, and go to your resting place,
    you and the ark of your might.
  Let your priests be clothed with righteousness,
    and let your saints shout for joy.
  For the sake of your servant David,
    do not turn away the face of your anointed one.
  The LORD swore to David a sure oath
    from which he will not turn back:
  “One of the sons of your body
    I will set on your throne.
  If your sons keep my covenant
    and my testimonies that I shall teach them,
  their sons also forever
    shall sit on your throne.”
  For the LORD has chosen Zion;
    he has desired it for his dwelling place:
  “This is my resting place forever;
    here I will dwell, for I have desired it.
  I will abundantly bless her provisions;
    I will satisfy her poor with bread.
  Her priests I will clothe with salvation,
    and her saints will shout for joy.
  There I will make a horn to sprout for David;
    I have prepared a lamp for my anointed.
  His enemies I will clothe with shame,
    but on him his crown will shine.”


Psalm 132 Commentary

by Hank Workman

“Oh Lord, remember…”

Have you ever prayed such words?  Is this part of how you intercede over situations and struggles, “Oh Lord remember…” as you bring things before Him?

I find myself using such words often these days.  Situations that have taken a turn; hardships that are endured; I find myself asking God to remember His words of Scripture.  I intercede to the faithful God who continues to move in ways we never expect but claim the promises He has made.

Sometimes I wonder if it is more my benefit.  We know God knows all things and He does keep His word.  There is nothing ever promised or said by Him that would have slipped His mind.  As humans though, our memory is short term much of the time.  The interceding for God to remember what He has said is nothing more than a fresh reminder even in the mire of life or difficulty of promises He has made to cling to.

Whoever wrote Psalm 132 remembers David and everything he endured in this life.  His afflictions were great when you consider it.  David Guzik recounts several:  He was despised and criticized by family.  Placed in life and death struggles.  Accused of treason and treachery.  Attacked.  Lived many years as a fugitive.  At one point, lost his career, family, home, and friends.  Endured sin and backslid.  He was openly criticized and despised by his wife and suffered scandal by his own sin.  His children turned against him and suffered a coup staged by a son that led to civil war.

The writer asks God to remember all these things David endured and to consider that none of these things be wasted as he was God’s King.

The beauty of David’s life in all the rawness and hardship is God did remember.  He did keep His word.  As his Kingdom would go forward, it did just that through the Messiah, Jesus – who was part of his lineage and fulfillment of every word God had said.

God still remembers.  He still knows all that is going on within each of us.  And our God takes great care to tend to scenes of our lives and the work He will fulfill.  He keeps His promises.  He honors His word.  He follows through in seeing all He has said come to pass.

Psalm 132 Commentary

by Brad Boyles

This psalm is a prayer that pleads with God to remember His covenant. Some ascribe it to Solomon while others believe it may have been written by another descendant of David.

Psalms 132:11 HCSB  The LORD swore an oath to David, a promise He will not abandon: “I will set one of your descendants on your throne.

Psalms 132:11 HCSB

This verse was fulfilled through the direct lineage of David (King Solomon) and through the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus was part of David’s line, a descendant who would fulfill God’s oath to not abandon His people. Miraculously, this promise was made to the Israelities and, by the grace of God, was opened up to all humanity.

The symbolism contains powerful spiritual significance. The Israelites expected for peace to come over the land by the supression of their enemies. They expected the Messiah to come as David did. They believed a human King would reign over all people and lead the Jewish people back to prosperity. All of these beliefs were based on the covenant that God made with Israel. However, Jesus Christ would fulfill these promises in an even bigger way.

Instead of bringing peace over their enemies, He came to bring peace with God. Instead of elevating His followers into positions of human authority, He humbled Himself and invited them to follow His lead. He accomplished all of this while still fulfilling every prophecy which was spoken of Him.

The Second Coming of Jesus will bring with it the complete conquering of evil and suffering along with God’s eternal reign with all His children.

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