Arise, O LORD, and go to your resting place, you and the ark of your might. Let your priests be clothed with righteousness, and let your saints shout for joy. For the sake of your servant David, do not turn away the face of your anointed one. The LORD swore to David a sure oath from which he will not turn back: “One of the sons of your body I will set on your throne. If your sons keep my covenant and my testimonies that I shall teach them, their sons also forever shall sit on your throne.” Psalms 132:8-12
How incumbent it is for those who lead in worship and teach the scriptures to be “cloths in righteousness.” Else the people would certainly stray from God. The prayer of this Psalm echos the sentiment of Solomon’s prayer of dedication (2 Chronicles 6:14-42) for God to establish David’s dynasty for the good of the people and ultimately the world. Here, worshippers petition that 1) God will be present in His chosen resting place; 2) priests be clothed in righteousness; 3) the saints celebrate God’s accomplishments in their midst; and 4) God would continue to show favor to David’s heirs.
Of course, God has already fulfilled His covenant through Christ Jesus. His Spirit perpetually rests within each believer (John 14:16); His beloved saints are clothed in the righteousness of Christ (Galatians 3:27) and form His royal priesthood (1 Peter 2:9); true worshippers continuously show forth God’s praise through lifestyles that reflect His transforming work (2 Corinthians 3:18); and enjoy an inheritance as joint heirs with Christ, the beloved son of David (Romans 8:17). But this covenant rests in obedience, “if your sons keep my covenant and my testimonies…” (v. 12).
How do you share in God’s promise to David?