Seeing the structure of Psalm 132 will help us grasp the intent of the psalmist. Verses 1-7 are David's vow and commitment to provide a suitable earthly dwelling for the "Mighty One of Jacob." Verses 8-10 are a prayer requesting God's acceptance of this "resting place" and the one [David] who desires it for the LORD. Verses 11-13 are the LORD's vow to David and His commitment to Zion and those who dwell there. Verses 14-18 are God's answer to the prayer in verses 8-10.
How committed was David to the Mighty One of Jacob? 2 Samuel 7 says David had the heart to build a permanent dwelling for the LORD. According to Psalm 132:3-5, his desire to find a dwelling place for God will not be stopped by rest, sleep or slumber. He felt an obligation for all the LORD had done for him. But, God's plan was for one of David's sons to build a house for Him (2 Samuel 7:13) while He would establish the throne of his kingdom forever through another Son. Notice where David found the tabernacle and ark of the covenant in verse 6 of Psalm 132. In 1 Samuel 7:2, the ark was apparently abandoned for twenty years in Kiriath-jearim in the woods of Jaar. David's response to finding the ark is "Let's go worship the LORD!"
David's prayer (verses 8-10) is, LORD, please meet with us as we worship You. His request for proper clothing and joy is an expression of the desire to praise Him in a manner worthy of the Mighty One of Jacob. According to Exodus 28:2-3, the priest's clothing was designed to reflect God's glory and beauty as their attire set them apart for His service. David asks God to accept their worship by not turning His face away. Solomon prays a very similar prayer in 2 Chronicles 6:41-42 at the dedication of the Temple.
The LORD's response to David's vow is His own vow which He will never change or revoke. David's throne would be the throne of an eternal Kingdom. His Son would rule from David's throne forever. From Jesus' question to the scribes in Mark 12:35-37, it is apparent this Son is more than just a physical descendant of David's. David refers to this Son as Lord.
In verses 13-18, notice how many times the LORD says "I will." I will: abundantly bless, satisfy her poor, clothe with salvation, make a horn to sprout for David, and I will clothe with shame. The LORD affirmatively answers David's request to meet with them, cloth the priest and cause the saints to shout with joy. Luke 1:68-69 describes the horn in Zechariah's prophecy as "Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he has visited and redeemed his people and raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David."
All of Scripture points to the Lord Jesus Christ, but in some passages, He is easier to see than others. This Psalm is one of those passages. We see David's commitment to building a dwelling place for the LORD, but what is that in comparison to Jesus' commitment? Jesus came to be the cornerstone of a holy temple, a dwelling place for God by the Spirit (Ephesians 2:19-21). David lost sleep and rest to find a dwelling place for God. Jesus lost His life and was momentarily separated from His Father to create a new dwelling place for God in believers. David desired for the priest to be appropriately clothed and for the saints to shout for joy, but Jesus clothed them with salvation through His righteousness so all the saints will shout for joy.
How would you evaluate your commitment to the LORD? Willing to lose sleep? Shout for joy? Satisfied with the Bread of Life?
Mighty One of Jacob, Your commitment to those You chose before the foundation of the world is complete. Thank You, Lord Jesus Christ, for finishing everything necessary to fulfill Your Father and our Father's commitment to His children. Please stir in us a renewed commitment to our God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.