A song of ascents
Remember in David’s favor.
Remember all the hardships he endured.
Remember how he swore to Yahweh.
Remember how he vowed to the mighty one of Jacob.
‘I will not enter my house.
I will not get into my bed.
I will not give sleep to my eyes.
I will not give slumber to my eyelids.
I will not do these things
Until I find a place for Yahweh,
A dwelling place for the mighty one of Jacob.’”
Psalm 132 is another in this series of pilgrimage songs or psalms on the ascent to Jerusalem. However, this longer psalm celebrates the transfer of the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem at the time of David, based on 2 Samuel, chapter 7. This psalmist asks Yahweh to remember that he had favored David in all his hardships. He wanted Yahweh to remember that David had vowed to the mighty one of Jacob. David said that he would not enter his house, go to bed, and let his eyes sleep, or let his eyelids slumber until he had found a dwelling place for Yahweh, the mighty one of Jacob. Yahweh was called the mighty one of Jacob. Obviously this is an exaggeration that David would not sleep until he built a place for the Ark of the Covenant, considered to be the presence of Yahweh.
“When we look at the wise,
The fool and the stupid perish together.
They leave their wealth to others.
Their graves are their homes forever.
Their dwelling places are for all generations,
Even though they named lands as their own.
Mortals cannot abide in their pomp.
They are like the animals that perish.
This is the fate
Of the foolhardy.
This is the end
Of those who are pleased with their lot.”
This psalmist reminds us to the look at the wise people, much like himself. They die. However, so do the fools and stupid people also die. Their wealth is given to others. Their house is no longer opulent since their home is the dwelling place of all people for generations to come, the grave. Mortals cannot keep their pomp forever, since they are like animals that die. This is the fate of all, to die. Even those who are foolhardy and pleased with their lot in life, they will come to an end. On that happy note, it is time for the usual musical interlude pause of Selah.
“O send out your light!
Send out your truth!
Let them lead me!
Let them bring me to your holy hill!
Let them bring me to your dwelling!
Then I will go to the altar of God.
I will go to God.
My exceeding joy.
I will praise you with the harp.
The psalmist wanted God to send light and truth to him. They would lead him to the holy hill in Jerusalem. He would then be able to go to Temple, the dwelling of God. Then he would be happy and joyful praising God on the harp.