Psalm 132

Rescue breathing first officially recommended for drowning victims 1740, Paris. First documented use of chest compression, 1891; first successful use, 1903. Rescue breathing “invented” 1956, adopted by US military following year. CPR like we know it developed 1960, formally endorsed by American Heart Association 1963. About 92,000 people are saved by CPR in the US each year according to AHA. Great effort made, rightly so, to inform and train. Expect vast majority of those 92,000 appreciate that effort.

What about in the spiritual realm? Is there place for CPR there? Want renewed life? Do C P R. Want to help children (small or large) grasp why we “go up to Jerusalem” (worship)? Do C P R. Talking about commitment, prayer, response – in our text David committed, people prayed, God responded.

A. David committed v.1-5

remember David – a complicated hero, sometimes the scoundrel: Goliath, Philistines, Bathsheba, Absalom

shouldn’t take comfort from shortcomings of others; at same time, comforting to know God relates to his people when they are imperfect; and remember, too, David never practiced or encouraged idol-worship

not an unreasonable request: “Remember, O LORD, in David’s favor”; in spite of his sinfulness, God said, “I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after My own heart, who will do all My will.” Acts 13:22

struggled with having right desires, when he did they were good ones – to do God’s will, what would honor God before others

David’s commitment to God caused him to suffer: from Goliath, ridicule; from Saul, unending harassment; Philistines wouldn’t let up, but David persevered anyway

swore oath, made vow – no sleep until…

what appears first: David’s determination for God to have a “house”, a place at least as comfortable as David’s own home

yes, significance of building for worship not the same now as in David’s day; Emmanuel, God with us, indwelling Holy Spirit, Jesus’ teaching to Samaritan woman mean our worship experience not tied to specific location

keep in mind – God didn’t tell David he had a dumb idea, he didn’t want a house, it didn’t need to be a fancy one

wherever we gather for worship, should be worthy of the one worshipped, focus attention on him and away from mundane

more important than the house – the location: David desired worship of true God be focus for entire nation

for nearly 100 years, God’s throne had been missing from God’s tent, neither one were in place of any great significance

Moses’ tabernacle “in the high place at Gibeon” (1 Chr. 21:29), ark of covenant at Kirjath Jearim since Philistines stole in battle in time of Samuel (1 Sam. 4:11)

did attempt to move it to Jerusalem, improperly, cost Uzzah his life; 3 months later, David got details right (1 Chr. 15:2), pitched a tent for it, moved it to Jerusalem

better, but still not complete; incomplete setting for worship, rest was in Gibeon, situation needed to be remedied

David would not be satisfied until all the exercises God expected of his people could be performed in God’s presence

didn’t abandon his oath when God thru Nathan said “no way”

in God’s eyes, David not qualified to build temple since had been a man of war and shed blood (1 Chr. 22:8)

God preferred one known as man of peace to build his house, not one known as man of war: 1 Chr. 22:9-10 “a son shall be born to you who shall be a man of rest. I will give him rest from all his surrounding enemies. For his name shall be Solomon, and I will give peace and quiet to Israel in his days.He shall build a house for my name.”

God did allow David to participate: 1 Chr. 28:19; 29:2 – like Moses, God communicated plans for Temple to David

David went as far as he could – gathering building materials, encouraging countrymen to contribute all they could to the work

then David went above and beyond: “because I have set my affection on the house of my God, I have given to the house of my God, over and above all that I have prepared for the holy house, my own special treasure of gold and silver” (1 Chr. 29:3)

David knew God wouldn’t fit inside any house he might build; was thinking about permanent replacement for Tabernacle

indicator of David’s motivation: 1 Chr. 13:3 Then let us bring again the ark of our God to us, for we did not seek it in the days of Saul.”

remember how Tabernacle worked in wilderness: Ex. 40:38 “the cloud of the LORD was above the tabernacle by day, and fire was over it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel, throughout all their journeys.”

visible evidence of God’s presence among his people, central to all of life, not just worship; seems David wanted that back

B. people prayed v.6-10

people heard “report” – location of ark has been determined, where had been for more than 90 years

taken by Philistines, everywhere it went in Philistia for 7 months it caused trouble – Dagon humiliated, people afflicted with sores

finally decided to get rid of it: cart drawn by two cows, calves locked up, hope it goes away – it did, across border to Israel

people in Beth Shemesh looked inside ark, God killed a bunch of them, they told people in Kirjath Jearim: come get it; there it stayed… for years… off the radar for most of Israel

people also made commitment – let’s restore proper worship

wasn’t only David who wanted ark restored to proper place; had honor guard of 30,000 to move from Kirjath Jearim

celebrated by David and “all the house of Israel” (2 Sam. 6:5) until God intervened: cart, oxen, Uzzah, end of the road

try again, handling ark the right way; this time, success – same gathering of people to celebrate and then culmination: burnt offerings and peace offerings (2 Sam. 6:17)

oh, wait, pointless if God isn’t there: Lord, will you meet us there please

having ark back, great and wonderful; a place for it, a tent, that was good too; but ark and tent and all the rest were symbols, not the reality

symbols are wonderful aids in all of life, including worship; greater the reality, more precious the symbol that represents it

given a choice between symbol and reality in worship, gotta pick reality every time – in this case, real manifestation of God

still true of worship… every Sunday

is essential for God’s people to be in God’s house on God’s day; only an empty exercise if God doesn’t show up to meet with his people

I know, God is omnipresent; not what we’re talking about; talking about that powerful evidence that makes clear he is actively present ministering to his people

so, if God’s people are committed to worship being central to all of life, how should Christians pray about corporate worship service?

first – that God would be manifestly present with power in his church, among his people, transforming and equipping

next – that God’s servant would communicate God’s truth clearly and completely and persuasively to God’s people

third – that God’s people would respond with joyful enthusiasm to God’s provision, thankfulness for his good blessings

Holiness and happiness go together; where the one is found, the other ought never to be far away. Holy persons have a right to great and demonstrative joy they may shout because of it.” CHS

last – that he would do so for the sake of his Anointed One, the Lord Jesus; to come to God on merits of any other than Christ is pointless waste of time

C. God responded v.11-18

God promised: person for the throne, presence in the church, provision for his people

immediate fulfillment: Solomon; ultimate fulfillment: Lord Jesus

God would build David a house, turning David’s desire/request on its head: Solomon would be next in David’s dynasty, then his descendants after him so long as they remained faithful to God

record of kings that followed Solomon huge testimony to God’s patient faithfulness in spite of their sinfulness

then there is one who really sits on the throne forevermore: Jesus, son of David, the Messiah who alone able to carry out larger promises God made to David about his offspring

immediate fulfillment: God’s glory filling Solomon’s temple (2 Chron. 7:1); greater fulfillment: God Incarnate in the Temple (Hag. 2:9); ultimate fulfillment: God dwelling in his people, his people dwelling in his temple

Zion one of those “tricky” words that has several different connotations: the second of Jerusalem’s two hills (other Moriah); city of Jerusalem itself; central activity that occurred there – worship, the Temple, place of God’s dwelling

for period of time God chose Jerusalem as resting place, Temple as specific location where made himself known

former glory the list of building materials accompanied by periodic manifestations of God’s glory; latter glory presence of God in the flesh dwelling with his people

“we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14)

greatest glory yet to come – when God’s people dwell in his temple, the eternal dwelling place of God and us

immediate fulfillment: time of peace and prosperity during reign of Solomon, unlike any before or since; ultimate fulfillment: spiritual blessing God has supplied through Christ to his church

God’s people have access to absolutely everything they need to live pleasing to God – it comes by faith, from Jesus, in the church; apart from Christ and his church, you’re on your own

D. review

remember, this a song of ascents – in addition to its first use, was repeated each year at least when families journeyed to Jerusalem

is useful at other times – sing it to self and companions along the road

seeking face of God, his presence and guidance should be central focus of life; when it’s missing, everything else should take back seat – renewed and reinforced commitment to keeping Christ at the center

praying for God to bless – a good one to pray especially Saturday night / Sunday morning and then come expecting him to answer

recognizing God’s response and provision – going through life with eyes open to see God at work, then respond properly

So when C P R is successful, when there is renewed life, especially spiritual life, then what? Show appreciation for that new life by giving all glory to Jesus.


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