Psalm 132: Faithful Promises

A lot can be said in regards to Psalm 132. However, the passage I want us to look at specifically is verses 11-12. They read: 

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.
 If your sons keep my covenant
    and my testimonies that I shall teach them,
their sons also forever
    shall sit on your throne.”

King David had an immense desire to build the Lord a house to dwell in (132:4-5). In response to this great desire, the Lord promised David that someone would rule from his lineage forever. And so, as we read through Kings and Chronicles, we see the fulfillment of that promise, and the culmination of it in the Gospels with the birth of the Messiah, Jesus Christ. David never got to see, in the flesh at least, the fulfilled promise of God, and yet he knew that what God said was to be truth. The psalmist also (who is traditionally believed to be Solomon) believed what God said to be truth.

David and the psalmist understood that when God spoke, He meant it. All His promises would be kept. So, when we see in 132:12 the phrase, “their sons also forever shall sit on your throne” both we, and David know that God truly means “forever!” Jesus, from the lineage of David, now sits and reigns over His kingdom. Jesus is actively ruling and reigning over His church today, and will forevermore. 

Two takeaways for us from this. First, and as already stated, God will always keep His promises. We ought never to worry about God keeping His word, because He has never failed to do so yet. With the reign of Christ, that promise made has found it’s fulfillment. And second, we should do what the psalmist and David do in response to God’s promises and faithfulness: praise Him. How often in our times of prayer do we stop and only ask for things, or for needs to be met? When was the last time we took a moment and just praised God for His faithfulness and His promises?

We today do not know what the ancient Egyptian or Greek worshipers of the pantheon of gods felt. How one of their gods could “say something” to them, and it never comes true. The gods of myth were liars, connivers, sexual deviants, and selfish. Think about approaching and praying to a god like that; the worry or trepidation that would be found in your words! God our Father is not like that. He is righteous and holy, and will never break His word or lie to us. So therefore we should praise Him for this! This is cause to stop and worship Him for His truth! He is a faithful promise keeper.

David was able to rest his head down on his deathbed knowing that God would keep His promises, and the same ought to be said of us.

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