Psalm 131 & 132: God’s Habitation
Verse of the Day: (132:5) Until I find out a place for the LORD, an habitation for the mighty God of Jacob.
1. God’s Heart (131:1-3)
LORD, my heart is not haughty, nor mine eyes lofty: neither do I exercise myself in great matters, or in things too high for me. (131:1)
After God spared David’s life when he committed adultery and murder which warranted death by stoning, he truly repented his sins, and served Him. (Deuteronomy 19-22) David escaped death, because he abused his authority as the King of Israel amid God’s mercies. However, he reaped the consequences of his sins, as his infant, from Bathsheba whom he had committed immorality, died, and subsequently his family was in much trouble, and his vast kingdom was eventually divided during the reign of Solomon, his son. (2 Samuel 11-24) Indeed, let us seek God’s heart, and trust and obey Him for His glory. (Acts 13:22)
2. God’s House (132:1-4)
Surely I will not come into the tabernacle of my house, nor go up into my bed; (132:3)
God put into David’s heart the need to build His house not only for Israel, but for the entire world, to gather to worship Him in Jerusalem. David realised that he had built a house for his family, but God’s house was only a temporary tent. He started to prepare the materials for the construction of a permanent house for God. In fact, God is a Spirit, and is omnipresent, and does not truly need a house. However, God’s command was for Solomon, David’s son, to build His house to demonstrate their reverence and respect for Him. God disallowed David to build His house, because he was a man of war, and had shed blood. (1 Chronicles 28) Today, Christians are God’s spiritual houses, and let us strive for holiness, as our God is holy, and His Holy Spirit indwells us. (1 Peter 2:1-10)
3. God’s Habitation (132:5-18)
For the LORD hath chosen Zion; he hath desired it for his habitation. (132:13)
The mighty God of Jacob specifically chose Zion, also known as Jerusalem in Israel, to be the place for His habitation, as Zion means the city of Peace. Indeed, God’s love and desire is for His creature, man, made in His own image, to truly acknowledge and worship Him, and to dwell together in unity. (Psalm 133) Today, Zion is yet to be the city of peace, as there are chaos and uncertainty, but one day, during the Millennium when Christ reigns, which is after the Rapture (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18), and the 7 years of Great Tribulation, it shall finally be the city of Peace, as the devil shall be cast into fiery hell for 1,000 years. (Revelation 20-21) Indeed, let us trust God, knowing that we are His habitation, through His Spirit, to serve Him in His will, and for His praise. (Ephesians 2)
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, please help me to be holy as I am Your holy house and habitation.