There are so many things that I have wanted to have on my time and by my expectations.  There are also things that I honestly feel like I deserve because of decisions or promises that I’ve made to God.  Isn’t it interesting that even the “man after God’s own heart,” David, didn’t get to see the project of building the temple fulfilled even though he made such a strong commitment seen in verses 2-5 of today’s Psalm, Psalm 132.  I haven’t made a promise to God that’s even close to the level of passion, dedication, and sacrifice we see here.

Maybe you have, but I haven’t.

When I stop to think about it, I suppose that I’m guarding myself from the disappointment of God not coming through.  Maybe I’m sidestepping the internal battle of being frustrated that God didn’t make something happen my way and by my timeline. My preference is usually the less painful and easy way.  It’s the way that doesn’t require patience and trust.  I bring all of this up because I think the writer of this Psalm was wrestling with God as he pleaded for him to remember the promises he made to David and to “David’s son”.  

Psalm 132 is probably written by one of David’s sons, most likely Solomon.  In verses one and two we see the only hint of questioning, but it’s questioning none the less.  

1 Remember, O Lord, on David’s behalf, All his affliction;

2 How he swore to the Lord and vowed to the Mighty One of Jacob,

It’s as if the psalmist is starting off with a hint of angst. He’s helping God remember the promises David made to him (as if God needs it). Then the corner is turned and God’s promises to David and David’s nation recalled. Solomon got to build the temple and see it finished, but David didn’t.  The coming of the messiah was a different story though.  How disappointing to David and Solomon it must have been that God didn’t cause their messiah to come in the way that they were thinking it would!  We know how the story ended. We see the promises that were made were fulfilled in a much different way than they thought they’d be.  But how much more amazing and more beautiful is God’s plan revealed through the Gospel!

Beyond the obvious physical son we can’t miss the prophetic implications of a ‘messianic son” implied, especially at the end of the passage.  This Psalm is an intercession, but it’s an intercession, a prayer, for the coming messiah – David’s son.  Jesus was called David’s son many times in the New Testament.  Interesting, huh? Israel knew all about the promise of the messiah, but the details were a bit foggy for them.  

For me, the journey through the Psalms this summer has been difficult at times.  I have some history book smarts on what was going on culturally within the time frame that the Psalms were written, but I still feel like I don’t have a clue what life was like for those that have written these pieces of poetry.  I have no idea what it’s like to be a King.  I don’t know what it’s like to live in the middle east.  I don’t know what it means to be an Israelite.

However I DO know what it feels like to be on the other side of the promise fulfilled.  How it comforts my soul to know the love and grace expressed through Jesus coming to the world to save us.  How could anyone have known what God was up to?

Why do I get so distressed with all the little details and expectations of my life?  God has things taken care of.  He will come through with his promises in a way that defies my human logic.  It will be good.  It will be beyond what I could dream of.  

Let’s hold to God’s promises.  Let’s trust that God is up to something even better and more beautiful than we could dream of – even in this present moment.    

 

{If you have thoughts about this Psalm or any of the others we’re covering this summer, hop on over to our Facebook group,  where we’re hoping to experience conversation and community around the Psalms this summer!

Also, if you’ve missed any of our Summer in the Psalms devotionals this summer, you can find them all on our Campus Impact Blog.}

Jared Hartman is the Campus Impact Worship & Leadership Pastor. He got involved in Campus Impact as a student way back in 2002, then served as a worship intern. He and his lovely wife Sarah have a beautiful 1 year old daughter. This summer ejoying some traveling, along with BBQing and gardening. You can reach Jared at jhartman@lincolnberean.org.