Saturday, September 24, 2011

Reflecting on the Psalms: Chapter 132

Psalm 132

A Song of degrees.

1Lord, remember David, and all his afflictions:
2How he sware unto the LORD, and vowed unto the mighty God of Jacob;
3Surely I will not come into the tabernacle of my house, nor go up into my bed;
4I will not give sleep to mine eyes, or slumber to mine eyelids,
5Until I find out a place for the LORD, an habitation for the mighty God of Jacob.
6Lo, we heard of it at Ephratah: we found it in the fields of the wood.
7We will go into his tabernacles: we will worship at his footstool.
8Arise, O LORD, into thy rest; thou, and the ark of thy strength.
9Let thy priests be clothed with righteousness; and let thy saints shout for joy.
10For thy servant David's sake turn not away the face of thine anointed.
11The LORD hath sworn in truth unto David; he will not turn from it; Of the fruit of thy body will I set upon thy throne.
12If thy children will keep my covenant and my testimony that I shall teach them, their children shall also sit upon thy throne for evermore.
13For the LORD hath chosen Zion; he hath desired it for his habitation.
14This is my rest for ever: here will I dwell; for I have desired it.
15I will abundantly bless her provision: I will satisfy her poor with bread.
16I will also clothe her priests with salvation: and her saints shall shout aloud for joy.
17There will I make the horn of David to bud: I have ordained a lamp for mine anointed.

18His enemies will I clothe with shame: but upon himself shall his crown flourish.

Chapter 132

For clarity, here's Matthew Henry's insight on the first few verses: "David bound himself to find a place for the Lord, for the ark, the token of God's presence. When work is to be done for the Lord, it is good to tie ourselves to a time. It is good in the morning to fix upon work for the day, with submission to Providence, for we know not what a day may bring forth." In regards to verses 3-5, what I see is a sense of reverence for the Lord when putting Him above else. I put Him and His people above else as a worship host, which I believe I talked about before. If the Lord remembers my afflictions and helps me out, I'm gonna use that as a motivation to (continue) to serve Him because it's my way of giving back to Him for helping me out. After my darkest moment -- which I am reminded of in verse 1 -- I had a renewed desire for the Lord and wanted to serve Him. I think when a person is renewed as a result of a dark in their life and/or spiritual walk, they want to outwardly express their love for Him by serving Him because they wanna display what the Lord has done in their life (in general). When I serve Him, I feel that I show others that I'm blessed in so many ways and wanna give back, such as the time I helped out at CityTeam. I'm not sure how I'd relate to verse 6, but it is a good thing to go into His tabernacles (v. 7). To me, that means, spending time in His Word and gaining wisdom from it and applying what I learn, which is a form of worship. In order for Him to arise (metaphorically), one must gone into His presence (v. 8). As I said before, one of the things I do to go into His presence is read His Word, which is usually an intimate time which I can't really describe. I'm not sure if "arise" in verse 8 is meant in literal sense as well, but in church when there has been times of the Holy Spirit working in the service and His saints did shout for joy (v. 9) in the midst of singing to Him, which was probably a result of the Holy Spirit at work. I am His servant David (v. 10), but I do still consider myself a servant of the Lord and whenever I'm facing hard times, He does turn away His face from me. In my darkest moment, He was close to me and He never turned from me, which was an awesome thing. I don't have anything to say about verse 11, but I do like Henry's insight on it, "The Lord never turns from us when we plead the covenant with his anointed Prophet, Priest, and King." In regards to verse 12, I believe I have talked about raising up children in the Lord before, which is something I look forward to. If I do that and they don't leave their faith, they will be on His throne eternally, which will have been a blessing to not only produce, but it will also be a blessing to see them in eternity. Verse 13 pretty much speaks for itself, but I am reminded that as Zion is His dwelling place , His spirit dwells in me because when I decided to follow Him, He desired to dwell in me. I don't see myself as deserving of His spirit dwelling in me, but it's by His grace that His spirit dwells in me. Perhaps His eternal desire (v. 14) outweighs the fact that I don't deserve it, but I dunno. I don't have any poor people in my family (v. 15), but if I see someone in need of food on the streets, I could bless them by buying food for them. As the Lord provided for Zion, He provides for His people, which is what I get out of the "I will abundantly bless her provision" part. I dunno what I'd do if He didn't provide for me and I'm glad He does. In regards to verse 16, what I get out of it is that God's people (like those in Zion) are blessed when they come to faith in Christ and express the fact that they are blessed by finding joy in salvation, in the fact that they were saved from what was or what could have been a lifestlye as a slave to sin. Before I became a Christian, I didn't live a sinful lifestlye where I did drugs and had promiscuous sex every day, but I still lived as a slave to sin in the since that I wasn't born as a slave to Christ. I find joy the fact that I was saved at an early age and didn't have to live a sinful lifestyle before. I'm not sure how I'd relate to verse 17, but verse 18 reminds me of my darkest moment because the enemy was clothed with shame when the Lord took care of him and my crown -- or my faith in God -- did flourish when my relationship with Him was renewed.

                                                   Source used:

Henry, Matthew. "Concise Commentary on Psalms 132". "Matthew Henry Concise Commentary
on the Whole Bible". <>. 

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