The Psalms of Ascent are a set of fifteen psalms that were traditionally sung as priests entered the temple, and Jews journeyed to the Holy Land to celebrate the Passover Festival. They offer hope, encouragement, and peace in a time of uncertainty. Today we will read and discuss Psalm 132, the thirteenth psalm in the psalms of ascents.
Psalm 132 is both a history lesson on King David and his covenant with God, and a reminder that God is a promise keeper.
At first glance, this is a story about David as king, his search and subsequent retrieval of the ark of the covenant, his plants to build a temple, and God promising David’s son would take the throne.
A BRIEF HISTORY LESSON:
- Moses brought the Israelites out of Egypt and they wandered the desert for 40 years.
- During that time, God instructed them how to build a temple that would travel with them, in order for His presence to always be with them.
- The ark of the covenant was a large, gold box that contained holy items, such as priestly garments and other things that we don’t have knowledge of.
- The ark ended up in a place called Baalah. When David became the king, he gathered Israelites together and told them they would recover the ark and return it to Jerusalem.
- They recovered the ark and it stayed in a temporary location for 3 months, before David brought it to Jerusalem.
- After David’s death, his son Solomon built a temple for God, housing the ark of the covenant.
BIGGER PICTURE: God is a promise keeper.
God promised David an “oath He will not revoke” (v. 11), that one of David’s descendants would take his place on the throne, and someone from his lineage would keep the throne forever.
Initially, this promise was fulfilled by David’s son Solomon.
Solomon’s descendants were not loyal to God, causing the nation of Israel to be attacked on all sides. However, God is a promise keeper, and establishes the throne through the line of David to Jesus Christ.
Verses 13-18 make an Old Testament promise to Israel, along with a list of blessings available to them if they keep the covenant. It also gives a New Testament promise to us, blessings available through accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior.
We are the permanent dwelling place of God.
God’s promise is forever. Nothing here on earth or in the heavens can come between God and His promise to us.
Jesus is our promised King. He will reign forever!
Each day, from March 23-April 6, 2020, I will be live on Instagram reading and discussing each of the fifteen psalms of ascents. I want to encourage you to join me.
Also, take a moment each day for your own study. Write the psalms (they’re all relatively short), and dig into God’s Word. That is where we will find peace.