-Theme: The covenant of God with His people Israel and to David and to His Anointed of David’s line. Jerusalem, the footstool of the LORD where His people can worship Him.
-Historical Insight: This is an anonymously, but powerfully, written “Song of Ascent” or “Pilgrim Psalm” that would have been sung by the faithful as they entered into the holy city and into the Temple area. It remembers the history of their nation and the promises that had been made in covenant between God and the children of Jacob. It glorifies the LORD who has allowed this holy Temple to be erected and sustained with priests clothed in righteousness as a place to worship in His presence. The LORD has chosen Zion, and from it would spring forth the Messiah, Jesus Christ. His Kingdom would shame the enemies of the LORD, which is both historical and prophetic.
-*Application* In the first stanza, we see the determination and fortitude of King David to find a place for his LORD to be worshiped. This is the heart that is after God in pure-unadulterated worship. We need this type of heart as we seek to carry out God’s will in our lives. Pursue God hard and don’t rest until you see His glory revealed. The second stanza furthers the task of going into His sanctuary and giving Him all praise and adoration. The ark of His strength are His commands trumped by His mercy seat, a symbol of His justice and grace all in one accord (Exodus 25:16-22, Hebrews 9:11-28). We also should note here that we are to be clothed in His righteousness, not our own, as we come before the King of kings (Isaiah 61:10, Matthew 22:2-14). As the third stanza unfolds we are reminded of the promises of God towards His people. This denotes the faithfulness of the Father to carry out His covenant of truth. It also exhorts us to be faithful in our devotion as well. The final stanza reflects God’s choosing of Zion as His resting place forever. He will abundantly bless her provision and satisfy all who enter His resting place. Salvation clothes the ones who abide here, and they will sing with joy eternally as the Messiah takes His rightful place as the “Light of the World (John 8:12, 2 Corinthians 4:4).” Make sure that you are not an enemy of the LORD in this saga. Join the Kingdom, and you will never have to be ashamed.
Verse to Memorize: Psalm 132:17