Lord, remember David and all the hardships he endured, and how he swore an oath to the Lord, making a vow to the Mighty One of Jacob: “I will not enter my house or get into my bed, I will not allow my eyes to sleep or my eyelids to slumber until I find a place for the Lord, a dwelling for the Mighty One of Jacob” (Psalm 132 vv. 1-5).
It is impossible to overestimate the contribution made by Bill and Gloria Gaither to the gospel music field. Bill’s down-to-earth wisdom, combined with Gloria’s reflective lyricism, has produced some of our best contemporary songs and hymns: “Because He Lives,” “Something Beautiful,” “There’s Something about That Name, ” “The Family of God,’’ “Let’s Just Praise the Lord,’ and hundreds more. I love the reality of their lives and the passion they bring to their work. Bill has been a friend, advisor, and encourager to me.
David was such a leader, and this psalm celebrates his devotion to the nation he served and the Lord he worshipped. The nation had been restored from exile in Babylon, and it’s people were keenly aware of David’s legacy.
He evidenced his commitment by swearing an oath that he would not rest until he found a place of worship in which the Lord could dwell. This oath most likely referred to David’s intense desire to build the temple (2 Sam. 7). So fervent was this desire that he vowed neither to enter his house nor to sleep until his mission was accomplished (vv. 3-5). Because of this single-minded devotion, God made a covenant (contract) with David. This covenant, with future implications, was extremely significant, particularly during the leadership of Ezra and Nehemiah.
What a mentor David is to me! His commitment to the Lord resulted in concrete action, David was much more than a sentimental, romantic leader; he was serious and committed, and God dealt with him accordingly.
O Lord, deepen my commitment and conviction. I want to be deadly serious about your business and my relationship with you.