This psalm reads a bit like an excerpt from a talk. It’s about David, one of the few that mentions a third person other than God.
It’s how finding a dwelling place for God was very important, David named where the temple would be built. And God did choose mount Zion.
I recall it was also a vulnerable moment for him, where he repented of the arrogance of wanting a legacy to his greatness, as an older man, by doing a counting of the people. God sharply taught him that was not right.
The psalm ends by affirming God’s promises, for David’s sake, that he will dwell in and bless Zion and David’s crown forever. It’s a promise that was fullfilled in Jesus, the Messiah, and in the new, not the old Jerusalem. I’m not sure the psalmist here had any inkling of that, the language is consistent with him believing in a literal fulfillment of that promise.
Whatever the visions of the new Jerusalem in Revelation are about, for now and part of the future is god living in us.
So I suppose… I should have thought this through before writing, it’s a praise of grace. By favouring his kingdom, and growing it in strength, God is favouring little old me.
It’s Monday and I’m nervous / keen to get back to work with a renewed focus.
Rennie is coming with me for work experience in the in house cafe. The guy who serves there is a really great bloke, so I’m hoping he’ll have a good time and make a good friend.
So you know, praying for abundant provision, satisfaction and salvation, just like the psalm says.