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A Song of degrees. LORD, remember David, and all his afflictions:
THE LORD’S BLESSING UPON ZION
This psalm evidently dates from the dedication of Solomon’s temple. In the glory of completion God never forgets the toils and anxieties of the builders. When the topstone flashes in the sunlight, the trench-diggers, and foundation-makers come in for their need of praise. The singer recapitulates two memorable scenes in the history of the Ark: Ephratah is probably Shiloh, in the tribe of Ephraim, where the Tabernacle was situated in Eli’s time; while the field of the wood is Kirjath-jearim, whence David brought the sacred emblem to Jerusalem, 1Ch_13:5.
The prayer of Psa_132:8-10 is similar to that of Solomon, 2Ch_6:41. For us the ark of God’s strength is our Lord’s nature, in which God and man meet. We are called to be priests, to lift our hands in intercession and to fill the earth with praise. Then in Psa_132:11-18 God seems to take the clauses of that prayer, one by one and to answer, them. His resting-place is in His people. The staves were drawn out from the Ark when it was deposited in the Temple. In Christ there is finality; He is Omega, the Last.