The Choice of Zion and David

Text: Psalm 132

Reflection and Question: This psalm is a Song of Ascents, a collection of psalms (120-134) that were probably sung by pilgrims on their way to the Temple in Jerusalem. We can imagine in our mind’s eye Jesus as a youth chanting this along with His family as they headed toward a festival, or walking and singing with His followers on the road toward Jerusalem. I imagine Jesus’ thoughts turned to David, His ancestor, and the promises made to His heritage. Both yearning and hope stir in the psalmist’s, Jesus’ and our hearts as we pray these words. How do desire and hope abide together in you?

Prayer: God of all ages, prepare a lamp for our feet, as You did for those who have gone before us. As You remembered David and the hardships he endured, remember us. Make our hearts to be Your resting place forever. Amen.

This meditation is based on the Daily Lectionary Year 1 from the Book of Common Worship for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) (1993).