Psalms 132

* David's care for the ark. (1-10) The promises of God. (11-18)1-10 David bound himself to find a place for the Lord, for the

ark, the token of God's presence. When work is to be done for

the Lord, it is good to tie ourselves to a time. It is good in

the morning to fix upon work for the day, with submission to

Providence, for we know not what a day may bring forth. And we

should first, and without delay, seek to have our own hearts

made a habitation of God through the Spirit. He prays that God

would take up his dwelling in the habitation he had built; that

he would give grace to the ministers of the sanctuary to do

their duty. David pleads that he was the anointed of the Lord,

and this he pleads as a type of Christ, the great Anointed. We

have no merit of our own to plead; but, for His sake, in whom

there is a fulness of merit, let us find favour. And every true

believer in Christ, is an anointed one, and has received from

the Holy One the oil of true grace. The request is, that God

would not turn away, but hear and answer their petitions for his

Son's sake.
11-18 The Lord never turns from us when we plead the covenant

with his anointed Prophet, Priest, and King. How vast is the

love of God to man, that he should speak thus concerning his

church! It is his desire to dwell with us; yet how little do we

desire to dwell with him! He abode in Zion till the sins of

Israel caused him to give them up to the spoilers. Forsake us

not, O God, and deliver us not in like manner, sinful though we

are. God's people have a special blessing on common enjoyments,

and that blessing puts peculiar sweetness into them. Zion's poor

have reason to be content with a little of this world, because

they have better things prepared for them. God will abundantly

bless the nourishment of the new man, and satisfy the poor in

spirit with the bread of life. He gives more than we ask, and

when he gives salvation, he will give abundant joy. God would

bring to nothing every design formed to destroy the house of

David, until King Messiah should arise out of it, to sit upon

the throne of his Father. In him all the promises centre. His

enemies, who will not have him to reign over them, shall at the

last day be clothed with shame and confusion for ever
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