The congregation remembers that the temple in Jerusalem is the dwelling place for the ark of the covenant. They resolve to worship there.
A Song of Ascents.
NOTE: The term “A Song of Ascents” identifies psalms 120 to 134 as pilgrim songs to be sung when the Israelites “ascended” (went up) to Jerusalem for the annual feasts.
VERSE 1. LORD, remember David and all his affliction,
VERSE 2. how he swore to the LORD, and vowed to the Mighty One of Jacob:
he swore to the LORD. David had desired to build a temple for the LORD:
2 Samuel 7:1-2. When the king lived in his house, and the LORD had given him rest from all his enemies all around, 2 the king said to Nathan the prophet, “See now, I dwell in a house of cedar, but God’s ark dwells within curtains.”
VERSE 3. “Surely I will not come into the structure of my house, nor go up into my bed;
VERSE 4. I will not give sleep to my eyes, or slumber to my eyelids;
VERSE 5. until I find out a place for the LORD, a dwelling for the Mighty One of Jacob.”
VERSE 6. Behold, we heard of it in Ephrathah. We found it in the field of Jaar:
VERSE 7. “We will go into his dwelling place. We will worship at his footstool.
his dwelling place. They resolve to worship in the temple.
VERSE 8. Arise, LORD, into your resting place; you, and the ark of your strength.
VERSE 9. Let your priests be clothed with righteousness. Let your holy ones shout for joy!”
clothed with righteousness. In a mystical vision, Zechariah the prophet heard this said of Joshua son of Nun:
Zechariah 3:1-4. He showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the LORD’s angel, and Satan standing at his right hand to be his adversary. 2 The LORD said to Satan, “The LORD rebuke you, Satan! Yes, the LORD who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! Isn’t this a burning stick plucked out of the fire?” 3 Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and was standing before the angel. 4 He answered and spoke to those who stood before him, saying, “Take the filthy garments off him.” To him he said, “Behold, I have caused your iniquity to pass from you, and I will clothe you with rich clothing.”
VERSE 10. For your servant David’s sake, don’t turn away the face of your anointed one.
VERSE 11. The LORD has sworn to David in truth. He will not turn from it: “I will set the fruit of your body on your throne.
VERSE 12. If your children will keep my covenant, my testimony that I will teach them, their children also will sit on your throne forever more.”
VERSE 13. For the LORD has chosen Zion. He has desired it for his habitation.
the LORD has chosen Zion. He has indeed chosen Jerusalem. This is a permanent choice.
- How about you? Has God chosen you? Are you among those who know God?
VERSE 14. “This is my resting place forever. I will live here, for I have desired it.
my resting place forever. The LORD will favor Jerusalem with his presence. He will continually abide there, dwelling within the city, until the End of Days.
- How about you? Does God favor you with his presence. Does he dwell within you?
VERSE 15. I will abundantly bless her provision. I will satisfy her poor with bread.
I will abundantly bless her provision. The LORD looks after his own people. He takes care of their needs, even their needs for ordinary provision.
VERSE 16. Her priests I will also clothe with salvation. Her holy ones will shout aloud for joy.
Her priests I will also clothe with salvation. Jerusalem’s priests are clothed with salvation. That is, they speak powerfully about the salvation offered by the LORD.
In the Old Testament era, God’s messengers were prophets who wielded thunderbolts and lightning, miracles and wonders and heavy messages. In our New Testament era, God’s messengers wield the Good News of Jesus Christ and the infinite mercy of God.
|Old Testament||Prophet and priest||Thunderbolts and lightning, miracles and signs and wonders and heavy messages|
|New Testament||Every believer||The Good News of Jesus Christ and the infinite mercy of God, with power and authority|
VERSE 17. There I will make the horn of David to bud. I have ordained a lamp for my anointed.
VERSE 18. I will clothe his enemies with shame, but on himself, his crown will be resplendent.”
I will clothe his enemies with shame. That is, God will stand up for his own people, defending them from the attacks of their enemies.
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