As we open to the 132nd Psalm this evening we are opening to God’s record of the life of David. We are not sure if David wrote this Psalm or if it was written about him, but we do see the powerful message it contains.

This Psalm is one of a set of 15 called the Psalms of Ascents. These were Psalms for pilgrims walking up to Jerusalem for the three feats each year that God asked for them to celebrate: Passover/Unleavened Bread; First Fruits, and Tabernacles (Exodus 23).

There are also 15 broad steps leading up into the Temple Herod built, which also may have been the place that they Psalms were sung as they ascended into the House of the Lord. Whether both or either of these are the 15 steps or stops used, these Psalms are very much a part of the worship of the Lord.

In Psalm 132 we find an explanation of David’s habits as a young man that fortified him for Goliath, a life of hardship and for being so useful to God.

The Resolves of
David’s Youth

Thus Psalm 132 records how David started walking with the Lord as a young boy.

This Psalm can be placed either at the start of David’s walk after being anointed King by Samuel in 1st Samuel 16.13; or here as he looks back and remembered God’s Hand on his life.

What we can be sure of is that Psalm 132 is all about Making the Holy Resolves of a Godly Walk

Dr. John Barnett continues his series on The Life of David. 19Sept2010PM LOD-17

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