(A Song of the degrees.)

The Theme. David's Distress.

Psalm 132)

1 Lord, remember for David, (I.e. remember to fulfill the promises made to him.)
And all his being afflictions: (All his anxious cares as to his work. The Temple was Hezekiah's care, as it had been David's. Not "post-exilic". We see these anxieties from the beginning of his reign [2 Sam. 7. 1 Chron. 13:3. 21:18-22:1. The subjects of these last 3 Psalms are merged in blessing.)

G2/13  F  2. David swore to Yahaveh.
      G  3-5. What David swore.
       H  6,7. Dwelling-place of the Ark. Search.
        J  8. Prayer for the Ark's rest.
         K  9-. Prayer for the Priests.
          L  -9. Prayer for the Saints.
           M  10. Prayer for Messiah.
    F  11-. Yahaveh swore to David.
     G  -11,12. What Yahaveh swore.
      H  13. Dwelling-place of the Ark. Designation.
       J  14,15. Answer to Prayer.
        K  16-. Answer to Prayer for Priests.
         L  -16. Answer to Prayer for Saints.
          M  17,18. Answer to Prayer for Messiah.

2 How he swore to the LORD,
And vowed to the mighty God of Jacob; (The Mighty One to Whom Jacob vowed his vow.)

3 Surely I will not come into the tent of my house,
Nor go up into my couch;
4 I will not give sleep to my eyes,
Or slumber to my eyelids,
5 Until I find out a place for the LORD,
An habitation for the mighty God of Jacob.

6 Lo, we heard of it at Ephratah: (I.e while he was at Ephratah. David's father was an Ephrathite [of Benjamin-Ephratah]. Cp. Gen. 35:19. David had "heard" of it as being Shiloh.)
We found it (i.e. the Ark) at Jaar's fields. (I.e. Kirjath-jearim [1 Chron. 13:5])
7 We will go into His great habitation:
We will worship at His footstool.

8 [And will say] "Arise, O LORD, into Your rest; (This is what Solomon did say in 2 Chron. 6:41. See Ps. 68:1, according to Num. 10:35. Verses 8-10 record what David said)
You, and the Ark of Your strength. (See Ex. 25:22 and 1 Chron. 13:3.)

9 Let Your priests be clothed with righteousness;

And let Your favored ones shout for joy. (That is exactly what they did. See the sub-scription on Ps. 87 and note there on "Mahalah-Leannoth")

10 For Your servant David's sake
Turn not away the face of Your anointed." (I.e. David)

11 The LORD has sworn a truth to David; (See 2 Sam. 7:8-17)
He will not turn from it;

Of the fruit of your body will I set upon your throne. (This is what Hezekiah was concerned about; for he as yet had no son, and was in danger of death. Hence this pleading of Yehovah's oath to David. Quoted in Acts 2:30)
12 If your sons will keep my covenant
And this My testimony that I shall teach them,
Their sons shall also sit upon your throne for evermore."

13 For the LORD has chosen Zion;
He has desired it for His dwelling.

14 This is My rest for ever:
Here will I dwell; for I have desired it.
15 I will abundantly bless her (i.e. Zion's) provision:
I will satisfy her needy ones with bread.

16 I will also clothe her priests with salvation:

And her saints shall shout aloud for joy.

17 There will I make a horn of David to bud: (I.e. to bring forth: viz. a son and heir)
I have ordained a lamp (according to Gen. 15:17) for my anointed.
18 His enemies will I clothe with shame:
But upon himself shall his crown (i.e. his royal crown) flourish.

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