Song of Ascent: Thirteenth Step

A blocked doorway. Temple Mount.
by Wil Robinson. 1987

Song of Ascents. Psalm 132
1 Remember, O LORD, in David’s favor, all the hardships he endured,
2 how he swore to the LORD and vowed to the Mighty One of Jacob,
3 “I will not enter my house or get into my bed,
4 I will not give sleep to my eyes or slumber to my eyelids,
5 until I find a place for the LORD, a dwelling place for the Mighty One of Jacob.”
6 Behold, we heard of it in Ephrathah; we found it in the fields of Jaar.
7 “Let us go to his dwelling place; let us worship at his footstool!”
8Arise, O LORD, and go to your resting place, you and the ark of your might.
9 Let your priests be clothed with righteousness, and let your saints shout for joy.
10 For the sake of your servant David, do not turn away the face of your anointed one.
11 The LORD swore to David a sure oath from which he will not turn back: “One of the sons of your body I will set on your throne.
12 If your sons keep my covenant and my testimonies that I shall teach them, their sons also forever shall sit on your throne.”
13 For the LORD has chosen Zion; he has desired it for his dwelling place:
14 “This is my resting place forever; here I will dwell, for I have desired it.
15 I will abundantly bless her provisions; I will satisfy her poor with bread.
16 Her priests I will clothe with salvation, and her saints will shout for joy.
17 There I will make a horn to sprout for David; I have prepared a lamp for my anointed.
18 His enemies I will clothe with shame, but on him his crown will shine.”

Do not the Levites step up and view The Temple and sing of a time when the The Ark was lost, and when found, remained in a tent?

They sing, too, of King David’s guilt at himself having a palace but no lasting House for Adonai.

Jewish commentators believe this is a “prayer David composed upon discovering the future site of the Bet Ha’mikdash (The Temple). As we read in the Book of [Samuel II (chapter 24) and the Book of Chronicles I (chapter 21), G-D delivered a deadly plague upon the Jewish people, and the prophet instructed David that he could end the plague by offering sacrifices in the granary of a Jerusalemite named Aravna (who was also known as Arnan). David purchased the land, built an altar and offered sacrifices, and the plague immediately came to an end. Thereupon David declared, “This is the House of the L-RD G-D, and this is Israel’s altar for burnt offerings!” [Chronicles I 22:1]. Indeed, that spot became the site on which the Bet Ha’mikdash was built during the time of David’s son and successor, King Solomon.”—Daily Tehillim.

In verse 14, according to Expositors Bible Commentary, “the psalmist asked for favor to the anointed, and God replies by expanded and magnificent promises. The “horn” is an emblem of power.”

And “Victory will attend the living representative of David, his foes being clothed by [G-D] with shame-i.e., being foiled in their hostile attempts-while their confusion is as a dark background, against which the radiance of his diadem sparkles the more brightly. These large promises are fulfilled in Jesus Christ, of the seed of David; and the psalm is Messianic, as presenting the ideal which it is sure shall be realized. and which is so in Him alone.

Priestly Blessing


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