Monday 21 January, 2019

Psalm 132

1 Lord, remember David and all his self-denial. 2 He swore an oath to the Lord, he made a vow to the Mighty One of Jacob: 3 “I will not enter my house or go to my bed, 4 I will allow no sleep to my eyes or slumber to my eyelids, 5 till I find a place for the Lord, a dwelling for the Mighty One of Jacob.” 6 We heard it in Ephrathah, we came upon it in the fields of Jaar: 7 “Let us go to his dwelling place, let us worship at his footstool, saying, 8 ‘Arise, Lord, and come to your resting place, you and the ark of your might. 9 May your priests be clothed with your righteousness; may your faithful people sing for joy.’” 10 For the sake of your servant David, do not reject your anointed one. 11 The Lord swore an oath to David, a sure oath he will not revoke: “One of your own descendants I will place on your throne. 12 If your sons keep my covenant and the statutes I teach them, then their sons will sit on your throne for ever and ever.” 13 For the Lord has chosen Zion, he has desired it for his dwelling, saying, 14 “This is my resting place for ever and ever; here I will sit enthroned, for I have desired it. 15 I will bless her with abundant provisions; her poor I will satisfy with food. 16 I will clothe her priests with salvation, and her faithful people will ever sing for joy. 17 “Here I will make a horn grow for David and set up a lamp for my anointed one. 18 I will clothe his enemies with shame, but his head will be adorned with a radiant crown.”

I love the Bible for its ability to relive its stories in the lives of each generation of believers.

Ps132 is about the shepherd king David and his solemn promise to build a place for God to live in, and in verse 11 God responds with a solemn promise to bless David and his ancestors.

We know today that it was always Gods plan for His dwelling place on Earth to be in the hearts and minds of His people. We know the Church is not a building it is people and it takes many people to build a great church.

What amazes me is that we can all enter into the Ps 132 promise to build God a place to live and be worshipped in. If you deliver a preaching message on Sunday that is wonderful but there are many ways to build the church. I know of a simple act of kindness to a bereaved person and the offer to make them a cup of tea after a Sunday service that had so much impact it was still remembered 20 years later.

I also believe the promise to bless those who build God a place to dwell in still stands today.

Read Hebrews 6:10

Lord, I ask you to help us to enter the Ps 132 promise to build your Church.

Written by David Newton

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