What does it say?
Ethan wrote Psalm 89 as praise for God’s mercy and a prayer for a return to that sweet communion. Psalm 96 is a universal worship song for God’s salvation, greatness and glory. Psalm 100 is yet another song that calls God’s people to worship. Psalm 101 is David’s beautiful promise of cleansing and commitment to God.
Psalm 105 opens with praise in verses 1-11 followed by a review of Israel’s history. As others we have seen, Psalm 132 was probably composed to celebrate the ark’s entry into Jerusalem. It is also one of the Psalms of Degrees.
What does it mean?
In Psalm 89 Ethan sings a sweet song about God’s steadfast love, but also wonders where that love is at present. The answer is that his people had broken the covenant. Psalm 96 is another celebration of the ark’s arrival in Jerusalem as told in 1Chr 16.
Psalm 100 is one of the better-known calls to worship in the Bible and just as applicable today as in the psalmist’s. David’s words in Psalm 101 require no explanation even for the modern reader. These words are a fitting prayer template.
The first 15 verses of Psalm 105 are also recorded in 1Chr 16:8-22, again upon the ark’s arrival at Jerusalem. Consider how many psalms are tied to the ark’s entry into Jerusalem. How important must it have been to David and his kingdom to count on God’s presence among them? As the psalmist rehearses Israel’s history, the implication is that God’s presence among his people is the common thread in the story. This should be true of us today.
Many consider Psalm 132 as Messianic. Though not a direct quote, verses 10-11 are eluded to in Acts 2:30. David is not specifically listed as the author, but it’s about David, his joy at seeing the ark enter Jerusalem and his burning desire to build a permanent temple for Jehovah in Jerusalem. As the story continues today, though the physical temple in Jerusalem was destroyed in 70 A.D., we are God’s temple, his earthly presence today.
How will I respond?
Do I have a true sense of God’s presence in my life today? How does the community of believers figure into my sense of God’s presence? Based on what I am seeing in the Psalms, how important is it to have God’s presence? How does this all relate to Jesus’ promise in Matthew 28:18-20 that he would be with us always to the end of the age?