Psalm 132 - Come Back To Us, Lord
Psalm 132 ESV
Remember, O LORD, in David's favour, 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."
This psalm was a joyful song sung by pilgrims on their way to Jerusalem. It pictured David's sleepless anxiety over building the house of God (vs. 1-7), inviting the Ark of God to the dwelling place (vs. 8-10), and God’s promises (vs. 11-18). The Psalmist recounted and appreciated the hardships David went through before he became the king and his desire to build the Temple to house the Ark.
Now when the king lived in his house and the LORD had given him rest from all his surrounding enemies, the king said to Nathan the prophet, "See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of God dwells in a tent." (2 Samuel 7:1-3 ESV)
Interestingly, this psalm can be used for us to appreciate the Son of David, Jesus Christ. By replacing David’s name with Jesus’ in the psalm, we can find new ways to understand Jesus, his hardship and his sacrifice.
Remember Jesus, “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”, parallels Luke 9:58, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.”
Jesus’ determination to “find a place for the LORD, a dwelling place for the Mighty One of Jacob” parallels Matthew 16:17-19, where Jesus proclaimed he would built his church.
My prayer: How can we not think everyday about the Kingdom that you painstakingly built, Lord? How often have we stayed away from you, Jesus, because we got caught up with other things that have kept us busy? May we not forget the hardships you’ve gone through to set up the church. And please help us, Jesus, as we help one another to give you our hearts and remain faithful to you.
“Let us go to his (Jesus’) dwelling place, let us worship at his footstool”.
My prayer: Our hearts often wander away as though you had gone elsewhere, somewhere far away from us. But I heard you calling, saying that you have never left us, and I know where we can find you again. We want to come back to you, at your feet, and say, “ I love you”. Please help us come back to you, and may your Spirit dwell in us, that you may be with us forever.
“For the sake of your servant David (Jesus), do not turn away the face of your anointed one.”
My prayer: Just as you did not turn David and Jesus away, do not our face away from you. Jesus has washed away our sins, and we can approach you without shame. Allow us to sing with joy to you. We want to be right with you and walk with you.
“If your sons keep my covenant and my testimonies that I shall teach them, their sons also forever shall sit on your throne."
Being therefore a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that he would set one of his descendants on his throne, he foresaw and spoke about the resurrection of the Christ, that he was not abandoned to Hades, nor did his flesh see corruption. This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses. Being therefore exalted at the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, he has poured out this that you yourselves are seeing and hearing. For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he himself says, “The Lord said to my Lord, "Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.” (Acts 2:30-35 ESV)
My prayer: Thank you, Lord, for keeping your oath to us. We shall keep your covenant and your testimonies, and be faithful and obedient to your teachings, that we may have eternal life through your Son, Jesus.
“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... I have prepared a lamp for my anointed... on him his crown will shine.”
My prayer: Thank you Lord for choosing me, and for your desire to dwell in us forever. You have provided for us, and will continue to provide us through all stormy weathers. You will care for the poor and needy. Thank you Lord for my saving me, so I can shout for joy! You have given us Jesus, whose light shines on us, showing us the way to you, Lord. I want to stay with the light and not with your enemies. With Jesus, I will receive the crown of life (James 1:12).
Andy is the head of compliance for an international bank and is happily married, with three daughters. He became a disciple of Christ three decades ago, and studies God's Word passionately. He desires to be constantly led by the Spirit.