Verse 1 – Lord, remember David and all his afflictions;
Verse 2 – How he swore to the Lord, and vowed to the Mighty God of Jacob;
Verse 3 – “Surely I will not go into the chamber of my house, or go up to the comfort of my bed;
Verse 4 – I will not give sleep to my eyes or slumber to my eyelids,
Verse 5 – Until I find a place for the Lord, a dwelling place for the Mighty God of Jacob.”
The hardships David endured refers to his desire to have a temple built and move the Ark of the Covenant into it.
Do you ever become restless over the things God wants to accomplish through you?
Verse 6 – Behold, we heard of it in Ephrathah; we found it in the fields of the woods.
Ephrathah was an area near Bethlehem where David received news about the ark. Jaar, otherwise known as Kiriath-jearim (1 Samuel 6:21-7:2), was where the ark was recovered from the Philistines.
Verse 7 – Let us go to His tabernacle; let us worship at His footstool.
Verse 8 – Arise, O Lord, to Your resting place, You and the ark of Your strength.
Verse 9 – Let Your priests be clothed with righteousness, and let Your saints shout for joy.
The Ark of the Covenant was God’s resting place and His presence. The priests were bound in obedience and ethical behavior.
Verse 10 – For Your servant David’s sake, do not turn away the face of Your anointed.
Verse 11 – The Lord has sworn in truth to David; He will not turn from it; “I will set upon your throne the fruit of your body (offspring),
Verse 12 – If your sons will keep My covenant and My testimony which I shall teach them, their sons also shall sit upon your throne forevermore.”
This promise from God, is found in 2 Samuel 7:8-29. This promise had two parts. The first being conditional if David’s descendants that would rule over Israel would continue to follow God. The second part; that David’s royal line would never end. This second part was unconditional and was fulfilled in Jesus Christ, a descendant of David.
Verse 13 – For the Lord has chosen Zion; He has desired it for His habitation;
Verse 14 – “This is My resting place forever; here I will dwell, for I have desired it.
Verse 15 – I will abundantly bless their provision; I will satisfy her poor with bread.
Verse 16 – I will also clothe her priests with salvation, and her saints shall shout aloud for joy.
Verse 17 – There I will make the horn of David grow; I will prepare a lamp for My Anointed.
Verse 18 – His enemies I will clothe with shame, but upon Himself His crown shall flourish.”
The horn represents victory and salvation. Jesus, our true King, will one day sit on the throne in the New Jerusalem, forevermore.
Isaiah 9:6, 7 – (verse 6) For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (verse 7) Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David and over His Kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice from that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.