A Bible Devotion from Psalm 132
7 "Let us go to his dwelling place;
let us worship at his footstool!"
13 For the Lord has chosen Zion;
he has desired it for his dwelling place:
14 "This is my resting place forever;
here I will dwell, for I have desired it.
15 I will abundantly bless her provisions;
I will satisfy her poor with bread.
16 Her priests I will clothe with salvation,
and her saints will shout for joy.
17 There I will make a horn to sprout for David;
I have prepared a lamp for my anointed.
18 His enemies I will clothe with shame,
but on him his crown will shine."
Psalm 132:7 and 13-18, NKJV
Psalm 132, another Song of Ascents is a glorious Psalm when we think of our eternity with the Lord forever. The Psalmist is recounting the faithfulness of David and the oath he made to God regarding his desire to build a dwelling place for the Mighty One of Jacob. God responds to David's oath by promising him eternal lineage to the throne of David.
How can this be? Is there a descendent of David sitting on the the throne today? Yes, there is! This Psalm has a two-fold meaning. Not only was God promising to be faithful to the Israelites, but He was also promising faithfulness to His people forever. Zion here represents not only the physical resting place of the Ark of the Covenant in the days of David and Solomon, but also the eternal resting place for all true Christians in the eternal Zion built for us where we will worship God in heaven forever.
How then can this be God's answer to the oath He made with David? Jesus Christ as a man was of the house of David; the lineage of Mary is traced for us back to David (even back to Adam) in the New Testament. Jesus Christ as God was able to fully cover the debt of our sins with His own perfect blood. Jesus Christ, the God-man is the eternal King of the Throne of Israel where all true Christians will worship Him forever.
In the same way, verses 13-18 also have a two-fold meaning - a literal meaning given to Israel and recorded by this Psalmist, and also an eternal meaning regarding the eternal Zion. How does this relate to us?
Psalm 132 verses 14-18 directly alludes to the blessing of God upon His true Saints from now until the end of time, and then the eternal blessing of God upon His people for eternity. In our lifetime we do not always experience a sense of the blessings given in these verses, but they are ours to claim forever. They will be perfectly fulfilled by God in our eternal dwelling place with Him in Zion. There, truly, His saints (the true believers) will shout for joy.
Pray today that you will shout for joy not only today, but forever in Zion; if you are not sure you are numbered among God's people, go to Christ and cry out to Him to redeem you from the eternal debt of sin you can never repay by yourself.
More Devotions on the 132nd Psalm from my blog, Daily Bible Devotions.
House for God, verses 1-5
Anointed of God, verses 6-10
David the King, verses 11-12
Zion Chosen, verses 13-18