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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Psalm Chapter 132

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: David, Asaph, Solomon, Heman, Ethan, Moses, and the Sons of Korah
Date Penned: (1440-586 BC)
Overview: Poetry for the Expression of Praise and Worship to God (c 1-150)
Theme: The Fifth Book of Psalms (c 107-150)
Message: Honor God and He will Honor You (v 1-18)

Psalms 132 Commentary 

(132:2-5) David's Desire - This refers to David's desire to build the temple. When David became king, he built a beautiful palace, but he was troubled that the ark of the covenant, the symbol of God's presence among his people (Exodus 25:10- 22), remained in a tent (2 Samuel 6:17; 731-17). This so bothered David that he couldn't sleep until he corrected the situation. He began to lay the plans for the temple to house the ark. (Eventually, the temple was built by his son Solomon.) We must live so close to God that we become restless until God's will is accomplished through us. 

(132:11-12) God's Promise - The promise that David's sons would sit on Israel's throne forever is found in 2. Samuel 8-29. This promise has two parts: (1) David's descendants would perpetually rule over Israel as long as they followed God, and (2) David's royal line would never end. The first part was conditional: As long as the kings would obey and follow God ("keep my covenant and my testimony that I shall teach them"), their dynasty would continue. The second part of the promise was unconditional: It was fulfilled in Jesus Christ, a descendant of David, who reigns forever. 

(132:17-18) The Horn of David - The "horn of David" that would grow refers to one of his mighty descendants. David's son Solomon was indeed a glorious king (1 Kings 3;10-14), but these verses look ahead even further to another descendant of David, Jesus the Messiah (Matthew 1:17). The power, might, and glory of the Messiah will last forever.

Dave Burnette's Life Application

Honoring God's Word

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today, we continue in the Book of Psalms with Chapter 132. In our text today, we see the theme of how when we honor God, He will Honor you, as the Psalmist reflects on the Ark of the Covenant. In applying, we see how God honors those who honor His Word. The promises in its pages still apply today even when the world calls them outdated or old-fashioned. The truth is God's Word never changes, and the promises contained are still producing the same blessings that have been granted throughout the ages. How about you? Do you still see the Bible as relevant to your life? Let us learn from our Psalm and text today to remember that God honors those who honor the Bible.


Psalm 132

Psalm 132

 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.