Reading through the Bible together
The Psalmist voices two petitions: “Remember, O Lord” (v.1) and “Do not turn away the face of Your Anointed” (v. 10).
The Lord replies and confirms again the covenant that He made with David. The beauty in these verses is that the Lord, in his response, affirms not only that He remembers and does not turn His face away from His people Israel, but He reveals the big picture of His plan of salvation through Jesus Christ right in these verses! As one commentator puts it, “What were originally descriptions of the ruling king were pushed into the future and, taken together, provided a portrait of a great future king, a messiah (anointed one), who would come from the line of David.”
Here we see a prophetic telling of Jesus, our Messiah, the Anointed One. He would come and would sit on His everlasting throne (verse 12 and Revelation 11:15). The horn of David (a symbol for strength) would spring forth (verse 17 and Luke 1:68-69). He would become a lamp for my path (also verse 17 together with Revelation 21:22-23).
When I picture these traveling pilgrims singing the “Songs of Ascent” as they made their journey to Jerusalem to worship, I eagerly anticipate what it will be like for you and me to meet those pilgrims of old in the New Jerusalem and sing this Psalm of Ascent together with them. You and I have the blessing of knowing what became of those prophetic words written for us in Psalm 132. Our Anointed One has come! Can you imagine the sounds of this song coming from our lips as we join their voices? And then, together, sing a new song? I can’t wait for that day, how about you?
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