Psalm 132: God’s Dwelling Place

Why should we pray concerning other people’s troubles when we have troubles of our own?

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Psalm 132:1–2 A song for worship.
Lord, remember David in all his troubles, how he made a solemn promise to the Lord, a vow to Almighty God of Israel.
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Psalm 132:1–2  <Song of degrees.> Lord, remember David, and all his afflictions: How he sware unto the Lord, and vowed unto the mighty God of Jacob;

How can we make a home for the Creator of the universe?

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Psalm 132:3–5 I’ll not hang out in the family room or crawl into bed; I won’t close my eyes to go to sleep until I make a home for the Lord, a place for the God of Jacob to dwell.
1 Corinthians 6:19 Don’t you know that your body is like the Temple, a place where the Holy Spirit resides? You do not belong entirely to yourself, for you belong to God,
King James
Psalm 132:3–5 Surely I will not come into the tabernacle of my house, nor go up into my bed; I will not give sleep to mine eyes, or slumber to mine eyelids, Until I find out a place for the Lord, an habitation for the mighty God of Jacob.
1 Corinthians 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

What gave the Ark of the Covenant such great significance?

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Psalm 132:6–7 We heard the Ark of the Covenant was in Bethlehem. We found it in Kiriath Jearim. Let’s go where the Lord lives and worship at his feet.
King James
Psalm 132:6–7 Lo, we heard of it at Ephratah: we found it in the fields of the wood. We will go into his tabernacles: we will worship at his footstool.

Where does the Lord “live”?

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Psalm 132:7 Let’s go where the Lord lives and worship at his feet.
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Psalm 132:7 We will go into his tabernacles: we will worship at his footstool.

What does it mean to worship at the Lord’s “feet”?

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Psalm 132:7 Let’s go where the Lord lives and worship at his feet.
King James
Psalm 132:7 We will go into his tabernacles: we will worship at his footstool.

Of what importance is the place where people go to worship?

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Psalm 132:8–9 Arise and enter your place of rest, Lord, the Ark revealing your power.
Clothe your priests with righteousness, and let your people shout for joy.
King James
Psalm 132:8–9 Arise, O ord, into thy rest; thou, and the ark of thy strength. Let thy priests be clothed with righteousness; and let thy saints shout for joy.

Why would God reject someone he has chosen?

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Psalm 132:10 For your servant David’s sake, do not reject your chosen king.
King James
Psalm 132:10 For thy servant David’s sake turn not away the face of thine anointed.

How can David and his descendants “rule forever”?

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Psalm 132:11–12 The Lord swore an oath to David that cannot be revoked. “I will set one of your descendants upon your throne. If your children keep my agreement and follow my guidance, then they and their descendants will rule forever.”
King James
Psalm 132:11–12 The 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. If thy children will keep my covenant and my testimony that I shall teach them, their children shall also sit upon thy throne for evermore.

If Jerusalem was God’s chosen dwelling place, why was it destroyed?

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Psalm 132:13–14 For the Lord has chosen Jerusalem as his dwelling place, a place of rest where he will live forever.
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Psalm 132:13–14 For the Lord hath chosen Zion; he hath desired it for his habitation. This is my rest for ever: here will I dwell; for I have desired it.

How did God bless Jerusalem, satisfying the hungry with bread?

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Psalm 132:15–16 He will bless the city, causing it to prosper, and will satisfy the hungry with bread.
Victory will clothe its priests as God’s people shout for joy.
John 6:35 I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry. Whoever believes in me will never thirst.
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Psalm 132:15–16 I will abundantly bless her provision: I will satisfy her poor with bread. I will also clothe her priests with salvation: and her saints shall shout aloud for joy.
John 6:35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.

How does David’s kingdom flourish, providing light?

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Psalm 132:17–18 David’s kingdom will flourish.
God’s anointed one will be a light for the people, wearing a shining crown while his enemies are clothed with shame.
Matthew 5:14–16 You are here to give light to the whole world. A city built on a hilltop cannot be hidden. People do not light a lamp and hide it under a bowl. It is placed on a stand to give light to everyone in the house. 16 “In the same way, you should let your kindness shine before men so they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in Heaven.
John 8:12 Later, Jesus said to the people, “I am the light of the world. Those who follow me will never walk in darkness, because they have the light of life.”
John 9:5 For as long as I am here, I am the light of the world.
King James
Psalm 132:17–18 There will I make the horn of David to bud: I have ordained a lamp for mine anointed. His enemies will I clothe with shame: but upon himself shall his crown flourish.
Matthew 5:14–16 For as long as I am here, I am the light of the world.
John 8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
John 9:5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.