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May 12, 2020

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New American Standard Bible for 2020

Text: 2 Chronicles 6-8
Audio: 2 Chronicles 6-8

Psalm 132 (ESV)

A Song of Ascents.

Remember, O Lord, in David’s favor,
    all the hardships he endured,
how he swore to the Lord
    and vowed to the Mighty One of Jacob,
“I will not enter my house
    or get into my bed,
I will not give sleep to my eyes
    or slumber to my eyelids,
until I find a place for the Lord,
    a dwelling place for the Mighty One of Jacob.”

Behold, we heard of it in Ephrathah;
    we found it in the fields of Jaar.
“Let us go to his dwelling place;
    let us worship at his footstool!”

Arise, O Lord, and go to your resting place,
    you and the ark of your might.
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.”


English Standard Version (ESV)
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

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  1. God's Covenant

    Repetition in Scripture is never redundant. When God repeats Himself, it's always for a purpose. If we're honest, we need important things repeated multiple times due to our stubbornness and thick-headedness. 

    One of the repetitive themes of Scripture is God's covenant with David. 

    2 Samuel 23:5 says… 

    “For does not my house stand so with God?
        For he has made with me an everlasting covenant,
        ordered in all things and secure.
    For will he not cause to prosper
        all my help and my desire?"

    In today's psalm we have a summary of God's covenant with David from 2 Samuel 7:11-16 and 1 Kings 9:1-9.

    "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" (Psalm 132:11-12).

    As John MacArthur points out in his Study Bible regarding Psalm 132:12, the "conditional aspect could interrupt the occupation of the throne, but it would not invalidate God's promise to one day seat the Messiah as king forever."

    This is revealed in Ezekiel 37:24-28…

    "My servant David shall be king over them, and they shall all have one shepherd. They shall walk in my rules and be careful to obey my statutes. 25 They shall dwell in the land that I gave to my servant Jacob, where your fathers lived. They and their children and their children's children shall dwell there forever, and David my servant shall be their prince forever. 26 I will make a covenant of peace with them. It shall be an everlasting covenant with them. And I will set them in their land and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in their midst forevermore. 27 My dwelling place shall be with them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 28 Then the nations will know that I am the Lord who sanctifies Israel, when my sanctuary is in their midst forevermore."

    Jeremiah 31:31-34 says…

    "Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, 32 not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, my covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, declares the Lord. 33 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 34 And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more."

    This point is emphasized in the final six verses of Psalm 132 which prophetically looks forward to Jesus Christ, the son of David and Abraham (Matthew 1:1) who "overcame the world, fulfilled the law, finished justifying righteousness, swallowed up death in victory, and taken all power everywhere."


    ~ Puritan Prayers ~

    "Covenant"

    "Lord Jesus, Accept my unceasing thanks that I am not cast off from Thy hand as a darkened star or a rudderless vessel. Suffer not my life to extend beyond my usefulness; Cast me not under the feet of pride, injustice, riches, worldly greatness, selfish oppression of men;  Help me to wait patiently, silently upon Thee, not to be enraged or speak unadvisedly. Let Thy mercy follow me while I live, and give me aid to resign myself to Thy will.

    Take my heart and hold it in Thy hand; write upon it reverence to Thyself with an inscription that time and eternity cannot erase.

    To Thy grace and the care of Thy covenant I commit myself, in sickness, and in health, for Thou hast overcome the world, fulfilled the law, finished justifying righteousness, swallowed up death in victory, and taken all power everywhere.

    Mark this covenant with Thine own blood in the court of forgiving mercy;  Attach unto it Thy name in which I believe, for it is sealed by my unworthy mortal hand."

    (Excerpt taken from the Puritan Prayer Devotional "Valley of Vision")

  2. "Remember, O Lord, in David’s favor,
        all the hardships he endured…"

    I first began to seek God during a season of my life when I desperately needed rescue. I was 32 or 33 years old, and had officially hit "rock bottom." It was at that time, desperate for help and hope, that I picked up a Bible and began to read — and found myself reading the Psalms. It was David's psalms that began to awaken me to desire a relationship with God.

    Who was this God, who elicited such praise and thanksgiving from someone who was clearly undergoing great afflictions and hardships? 

    Several years later, hungry to know God and what He wanted from me, I began to read the Bible from the beginning and finally met the same David who wrote the psalms which God used to first awaken my need for Him. I learned just how many and how great were David's afflictions, hardships and trials. But as I read, I also learned who God is, and I began to love and worship Him. 

    ~::~

    “For as the same fire causes gold to glow brightly, and chaff to smoke; and under the same flail the straw is beaten small, while the grain is cleansed; and as the lees are not mixed with the oil, though squeezed out of the vat by the same pressure, so the same violence of affliction proves, purges, clarifies the good, but damns, ruins, exterminates the wicked.

    "And thus it is that in the same affliction the wicked detest God and blaspheme, while the good pray and praise. So material a difference does it make, not what ills are suffered, but what kind of man suffers them. For stirred up with the same movement, mud exhales a horrible stench, and ointment emits a fragrant odor." Augustine of Hippo, City of God 

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