Archive for May 2nd, 2016

Psalm 132

Psalm 132 has the psalmist remembering all that David did and calling on the Lord to remember as well.  “Remember, O Lord, in David’s favor, all the hardships he endured, 2 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”.  David was committed to finding a place for God’s temple. He didn’t sleep until he got it built.

And now, the psalmist is calling on God to remember what David did and how he enabled God’s people to worship Him.  “Let us go to his dwelling place; let us worship at his footstool”! The people come to worship the Lord in His place, the place that David prepared for Him.  It is a place of worship.  Worship is to cause us to reflect and ultimately change us when we are in the presence of the almighty God.  We should never enter worship and come out unchanged.  It is a powerful opportunity to spend time at the feet of the God of the universe.

The writer reminds God as well of the promise that one of David’s sons would sit on the throne.  We know that son to be Solomon.  “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”. It was a promise beyond one generation however. If these sons would stay the course – learn and obey – their future on the throne would be secure.

It lasted for a while but ultimately the throne was granted to others.  The people did not keep the covenant.  They did not remember God’s testimony and what He taught them.  They forgot His laws and the requirements of obedience.  And as a result, things fell apart over and over throughout history.  God was faithful to His promises and covenant.  Man….well not so much.  We still wrestle with that obedience to this day.  God loves His people and promised “His enemies I will clothe with shame, but on him his crown will shine”.  Ultimately, it all comes down to listening to His commands and obeying!

%d bloggers like this: