Study Guide – Psalm 132:13-18

Psalm132-13-18

13 For the Lord has chosen Jerusalem;
    he has desired it for his home.
14 “This is my resting place forever,” he said.
    “I will live here, for this is the home I desired.
15 I will bless this city and make it prosperous;
    I will satisfy its poor with food.
16 I will clothe its priests with godliness;
    its faithful servants will sing for joy.
17 Here I will increase the power of David;
    my anointed one will be a light for my people.
18 I will clothe his enemies with shame,
    but he will be a glorious king.” NLT

 

Quickly scan through the first 12 verses of this psalm. What historical context serves as the filter for understanding this chapter?

 

::::: DIGGING DEEPER :::::

Read 2 Samuel 7 and consider the Lord’s prophetic intentions for choosing Jerusalem.

 

How is verse 17 a reference to David? How is it a prophetic reference to Christ?

 

Remembering the history of the Israelite nation, from bondage in Egypt to wandering in the desert, to fighting enemies in the land, describe the exultation and exuberance that would have been felt by Israel as they heard this passage.

 

::::: APPLICATION CHALLENGE :::::

How does the Lord make his home in you? Look at these verses and then consider what difference it makes today for the Lord to make his home in you. Then pray for the Lord to settle even further into your life.

Ken Castor

Ken Castor is a husband, dad, pastor, writer and teacher. He serves as a professor at Crown College, Minnesota, where he equips students to pursue Jesus-Centered Faith and Next Generation Ministry. For 20+ years he's focused on equipping the next generations in places like the U.S., Canada, and Northern Ireland. He's the author of Grow Down (Simply Youth Ministry, 2014), Make a Difference (Broadstreet, 2016), the Blue-Letters Editor of the Jesus-Centered Bible (Group, 2015) and numerous other articles and Bible Study guides. But, whenever possible, he gets down on the floor and builds Lego with his kids. Connect with him @kencastor.

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