Read: Psalm 132:1 – 2; 2 Samuel 7:2; 1 Timothy 2:4; 1 Thessalonians 4:3 – 4; Luke 20:27
The hardship to which the psalmist referred in Psalm 132:1 was his concern that the Ark of God was kept in a tent, while he lived in a cedar house. David desired above all else to honor God.
Think About It: I can honor God by doing those things which He desires. What are some things that God desires, based on the Scripture references for today?
Prayer: That I might honor God by doing what He desires.
Read: Psalm 132:2 – 5; 1 Chronicles 22:1 – 5, 11; 2 Chronicles 6:8; 2 Samuel 7:6 – 7; 2 Chronicles 6:18 – 21; 2 Samuel 7:11.
David’s oath in Psalm 132 was an example of hyperbole; it was an emphatic way of saying he made building the Temple his top priority. When God wouldn’t permit him to build it, he passed the priority on to Solomon.
Think About It: Did God approve of David’s desire to build the Temple (2 Chronicles 6:8)? Did God command the building of the Temple (2 Samuel 7:6 – 7)? Did God ever actually live in the Temple? What was its primary function in relation to God (2 Chronicles 6:18 – 21)? What was God’s priority when it came to building a house (2 Samuel 7:11)? Have I ever made a priority out of some relatively good thing that was nevertheless not God’s priority for me?
Prayer: For wisdom in discerning God’s priorities for my life.
Read: Psalm 132:6 – 7; Exodus 25:10 – 11; Hebrews 12:22 – 24
Psalm 132 suggests several key aspects of true worship of God. The first is the importance of having a tangible sense of God’s presence. For David this sense of presence was embodied in the Ark of God, one of the places where God revealed Himself to Moses.
Think About It: Hebrews 12:22 – 24 pictures the spiritual reality of Christian worship. Based on Ephesians 1:18, Psalm 119:18 and Isaiah 29:18, how might I become more aware of God’s presence in worship?
Prayer: For my spiritual eyes to be illumined by the sense of God’s presence.
Read: Psalm 132:7; Psalm 122:1; Hebrews 10:25; James 4:8; Ps 51:6 – 10; Isaiah 55:6 – 7; Hebrews 10:22 – 23; James 4:8; Psalm 145:18; Zechariah 1:3; Matthew 18:20
Worship involves a movement of ourselves towards God. This movement is both physical and spiritual. Corporate worship involves actually going to some place and assembling together with other believers, which is mandated in Scripture. Spiritual movement towards God involves repentance and confession of sin. God promises that if we move towards Him, He will come towards us (James 4:8).
Think About It: What happens to a Christian who neglects corporate worship? Do I make a regular practice of self-examination in the light of Scripture and the power of the Holy Spirit?
Prayer: “Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my thoughts: and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (Psalm 139:23 – 24).
Read: Psalm 132:9; 1 Timothy 2:5; Hebrews 2:17, 4:14 – 15; 1 Peter 2:9; Romans 3:22;
1 Corinthians 1:30; Philippians 3:9
Worship involves priests who are clothed in righteousness. Our High Priest is Jesus Christ, whose perfect righteousness provides access to the Father, where He intercedes for us (Romans 8:34). All those who are in Christ are also priests (1 Peter 2:9); by grace, through faith, we are clothed in the perfect righteousness of Christ.
Think About It: When I worship, do I approach God on the basis of my righteousness or on the basis of Christ’s righteousness? On what basis do I claim to have a right to stand before God?
Prayer: Praise Jesus that He is my perfect Priest and mediator.
Read: Psalm 132:9; Psalm 5:11, 32:11, 35:27, 132:16
Joyful participation is a very crucial aspect of worship. Worship is not a spectator sport, it is serious – but joyful – work that demands our personal involvement.
Think About It: How do I involve myself in worship? Recognizing that not everyone demonstrates enthusiasm in the same way, how do I express my enthusiasm for God in worship?
Prayer: May my joy overflow in worship.
Read: Psalm 132:10 – 18; Ephesians 1:6; Colossians 1:13; Psalm 72:11;
Philippians 2:9 – 11; 1 Timothy 6:15; Revelation 17:14, 19:16.
Worship affirms God’s covenant and exalts the Lord Jesus as King of kings and Lord of lords.
Think About It: What are some ways that we affirm God’s covenant in worship? (Hint: Jesus said, “this cup is the New Covenant in my blood.”) How do we exalt the Lordship of Jesus Christ in worship? What is the significance of the truth of Acts 4:12 in relation to worship?
Prayer: Praise Jesus because He is King of kings, Lord of lords, and the only way of salvation.