132:1 A Song of degrees. LORD, remember David, [and] all his a
(a) That is, with great difficulty he came to the kingdom,
and with great zeal and care he went about to build
132:3 Surely I b will not come into the tabernacle of my
house, nor go up into my bed;
(b) Because the chief charge of the king was to set forth
God's glory, he shows that he would take no rest,
neither would he go about any worldly thing, were it
never so necessary before he had executed his office.
132:5 Until I find out a place for the c LORD, an habitation
for the mighty [God] of Jacob.
(c) That is, the ark, which was a sign of God's presence.
132:6 Lo, we heard of it at d Ephratah: we found it in the
fields of the wood.
(d) The common instinct was that the ark should remain in
Ephratah, that is, in Bethlehem a plentiful place:
but later we perceived that you would place it in
Jerusalem, which was barren as a forest and compassed
about only with hills.
132:8 Arise, O LORD, into thy e rest; thou, and the ark of thy
(e) That is Jerusalem, because later his Ark would move to
no other place.
132:9 Let thy priests be clothed with f righteousness; and let
thy saints shout for joy.
(f) Let the effect of your grace appear both in the
priests and in the people.
132:10 For thy g servant David's sake turn not away the face
of thine anointed.
(g) As you first made promise to David, so continue it to
his posterity that whatever they ask for their
people, it may be granted.
132:12 If thy children will keep my covenant and my testimony
that I shall teach them, their children shall also sit
upon thy throne for h evermore.
(h) Because this cannot be accomplished but in Christ, it
follows that the promise was spiritual.
132:14 This [is] my rest for ever: here will I dwell; for I have
i desired it.
(i) Meaning, for his own sake and not for the
plentifulness of the place: for he promises to bless
it, declaring before that it was barren.
132:16 I will also clothe her priests with k salvation: and
her saints shall shout aloud for joy.
(k) That is, with my protection, by which they will be
132:17 There will I make the l horn of David to bud: I have
ordained a lamp for mine anointed.
(l) Though his force for a time seemed to be broken, yet
he promises to restore it.