Psalm 132 Commentary

Psalm 132 Commentary

Psalm 132 is a prayer for the LORD’s blessing upon the Sanctuary. Let the LORD bless the Sanctuary with His presence.

The psalmist is very bold. He uses David’s desire to build the LORD a house as a counterweight. It didn’t come on ‘the cheap’. David endured hardships in the process. Won’t the LORD remember and be merciful towards the Sanctuary?

He has a weightier reason: the LORD’s promise to David for an everlasting dynasty. And we have the LORD’s word on Zion as God’s choice for His own dwelling.

The psalmist is too bold. Has he read the second volume of the Book of Samuel? David’s life is riddled with sinfulness. It is a weightless prayer support. He has more problems when he realizes that even his weightier reason is hinged on Israel’s obedience. He is not too sure about it. This is a show-stopper.

But not exactly an impossible situation. He appeals to the LORD’s promise to clothe Jerusalem’s priests with salvation – salvation from their sins, probably. The LORD will make obedience a possibility. The condition can be met and the prayer for an everlasting dynasty and for the LORD’s presence can be heard, after all.

When we read the history of Israel, we know David and his sons were a complete disaster. Unteachable, untrainable, unrepentant, and stiff-necked. They failed themselves on the key requirement.  But David did have a son who obeyed perfectly. The man Jesus Christ descended from David and sits on David’s throne forever.

And so the prayer to remember David and all his self-denial is actually an appeal to the LORD based on the perfection of the LORD Jesus Christ. The condition on which God’s presence at the Sanctuary depended is also fully satisfied by the perfect obedience of the man Jesus Christ.

You, therefore, can always be bold enough to approach the throne of grace and seek deliverance. You can ride on the ticket of the LORD Jesus Christ. He is the way, the truth, and the life.

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Published by Joseph Malekani

Joseph Malekani is a born-again Christian with a strong PAOG/Baptist background. He is heavily involved in student ministry with ZAFES – an IFES movement with focus on student ministry in Zambia. He is married to Audrey and they have two lovely children.

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