A Devotional about Priorities and Persistence from Psalm 132:1–5
A Song of degrees.
1 Lord, Remember David,
And all his afflictions:
2 How he sware unto the Lord,
And vowed unto the mighty God of Jacob;
3 Surely I will not come into the tabernacle of my house,
Nor go up into my bed;
4 I will not give sleep to mine eyes,
Or slumber to mine eyelids
5 Until I find out a place for the Lord,
An habitation for the mighty God of Jacob. (Psalm 132:1–5)
I believe that Psalm 132 was written by someone during the reign of Solomon around the time of the dedication of the temple. It is a plea for the Lord to bless that place of worship. It is interesting to me that the opening prayer of this Psalm requesting God’s blessings on the Temple, Israel and her new king is, “Lord, remember David…”. The Psalmist begs for the efforts of David toward the building of God’s house to not be wasted. We learn from this Psalm about a vow that David had made promising to make the Lord and the construction of the Temple a priority, ahead of his own comfort and his own home.
Was this prayer answered? Did God honor the heart and efforts of David in response to this psalmist prayers? We know that those works were not wasted, David may not have been able to complete the task himself but his heart for the work was seen, the work was completed and God did remember David.
So, what can we gain from this small portion of Psalm?
First, I think it is important for us to remember David, to learn from him that putting God and his work first is a wise investment.
David put God and his work first. Remember what Jesus taught us, how he blesses when we prioritize him.
Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Secondly, I think we must remember that not all of our investments come to maturity at the same time.
David had a wonderfully spiritual mission. He wanted to build a Temple for the one true God. Sadly, he never saw the desire of his heart fulfilled. The Psalmist asks for the Lord to remember David and all his efforts and we know that he did. The Temple was constructed on the land that David had purchased with the building materials that David had accumulated. The Lord was faithful to remember David!
In a period of great frustration, I reached out to my great uncle, a local pastor for many years. I told him how hard I had been working and how little fruit that I had to show for it. I told him that I must have not properly recognized my calling because God’s hand didn’t seem to be upon me. I told him that I was ready to quit. It was then that he gave me one of his stories. It went something like this…
A man wanted to do something special for his wife who loved roses. He planted rose bushes in front of the fence beside the house so that she could see the roses bloom and she would know how much he cared. He planted, watered and worked in every way so that she could see the roses. In spite of all his efforts there were no roses to be seen. Frustrated, he decided to pull up the bushes and start again. Realizing that he didn’t have the right tools for the task he went to his next door neighbor’s house and discovered something unexpected on the other side. He found that his labor had not gone entirely in vain, his rose bushes had grown on the other side of the fence and the blooms were too many to count. It is at this point of the story that my uncle quoted a scripture.
7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. 8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. 9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
My wise uncle reminded me that not all of our works are seen in this life. It could be that we only see the fruits of our labor when we get to the other side.
Revelation 14:13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.
Forgive me, I know that I am nothing special. I am so filled with fault that I am amazed that God would even call me to his work. I am determined however to try. I will do my best to put God first and even if I look around and see very little fruit I will continue believing that my faithful Lord will remember Jason.
I believe that he will. He remembered David, he will remember the Bald believer and he will remember you too.