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FRAMEWORKS: Psalm 132: The Temple founded in the mind of David


A song of ascents.


[Preliminary Comments: In this thirteenth not-so-short psalm of ascents, the pilgrim is taken back to the days when David had wanted to build a Temple I n Jerusalem, when the ark of the covenant had been recovered from the fields and later taken into the city, and reminded that they are there today because of God's covenant with David. That is why there are here.]



v.1-5 Davis had wanted to provide a dwelling place for the Lord


v.1   Lord , remember David
    and all his self-denial.

v.2  He swore an oath to the Lord,
    he made a vow to the Mighty One of Jacob:
v.3  ‘I will not enter my house
    or go to my bed,
v.4  I will allow no sleep to my eyes
    or slumber to my eyelids,
v.5  till I find a place for the Lord,
    a dwelling for the Mighty One of Jacob.'


v.6 The ark had been left by the Philistines, without a home


v.6  We heard it in Ephrathah,
    we came upon it in the fields of Jaar:

v.7,8 It was the place of God-encounter [that should have a home]


v.7  ‘Let us go to his dwelling-place,
    let us worship at his footstool, saying,
v.8  “Arise, Lord , and come to your resting place,
    you and the ark of your might.

v.9 Righteousness and joy accompanied it back to Jerusalem


v.9  May your priests be clothed with your righteousness;
    may your faithful people sing for joy.”'


v.10-12 Today they trust of God's covenant with David


v.10  For the sake of your servant David,
    do not reject your anointed one.

v.11  The Lord swore an oath to David,
    a sure oath he will not revoke:
‘One of your own descendants
    I will place on your throne.
v.12  If your sons keep my covenant
    and the statutes I teach them,
then their sons shall sit
    on your throne for ever and ever.'


v.13,14 God had chosen Jerusalem and the Temple to meet with His people


v.13  For the Lord has chosen Zion,
    he has desired it for his dwelling, saying,
v.14  ‘This is my resting place for ever and ever;
    here I will sit enthroned, for I have desired it.

v.15-18 Thus He had blessed Jerusalem


v.15  I will [i] bless her with abundant provisions;
    her poor I will
[ii] satisfy with food.
v.16  I will [iii] clothe her priests with salvation,
    and her faithful people shall ever sing for joy.

v.17  ‘Here I will [iv] make a horn grow for David
    and set up a lamp for my anointed one.
v.18  I will [v] clothe his enemies with shame,
[vi] his head shall be adorned with a radiant crown.'



[Additional Comments: The presence of the Temple, the destination of the pilgrim coming to Jerusalem, goes back to the heart of King David to build a temple [although built by Solomon] and it is a constant reminder of God's covenant with David, an ongoing reassurance for the people of God.]



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