Psalm 132 Bible Commentary

John Wesley’s Explanatory Notes

(Read all of Psalm 132)

Verse 1

[1] A Song of degrees. LORD, remember David, and all his afflictions:

Afflictions — All his sufferings for thy sake.

Verse 5

[5] Until I find out a place for the LORD, an habitation for the mighty God of Jacob.

Until — Until I have raised an house in which the ark may be put.

Verse 6

[6] Lo, we heard of it at Ephratah: we found it in the fields of the wood.

It — Of the ark.

Ephratah — In the tribe of Ephraim, which was called also Ephratah.

Found it — Afterwards we found it in Kirjath-jearim, which signifies a city of woods, in the territory whereof the ark was seated for twenty years.

Verse 7

[7] We will go into his tabernacles: we will worship at his footstool.

Tabernacles — Into his temple.

Footstool — The ark, is often said to sit between the cherubim, which were above the ark.

Verse 8

[8] Arise, O LORD, into thy rest; thou, and the ark of thy strength.

Rest — Into thy resting place, the temple so called, Isaiah 66:1, where thou hast now a fixed habitation.

The ark — The seat of thy powerful and glorious presence.

Verse 10

[10] For thy servant David's sake turn not away the face of thine anointed.

David's sake — In regard of thy promises vouchsafed to David.

Turn not — Cast me not out of thy presence.

Of — Of me whom thou hast anointed to be king over thy people.

Verse 16

[16] I will also clothe her priests with salvation: and her saints shall shout aloud for joy.

Salvation — With thy saving graces and blessings.

Verse 17

[17] There will I make the horn of David to bud: I have ordained a lamp for mine anointed.

There — In Jerusalem.

To bud — His power and glory to flourish.

A lamp — A successor to continue for ever in his family, as this phrase is expounded 1 Kings 11:36; 15:4, and particularly one eminent and glorious light, namely, the Messiah.