“Until I find a place for …”
“Remember O LORD in David’s favour, all the hardships he endured, how he swore to the LORD and vowed …” (Psalm 132:1,2).
The prayer and petition in that Psalm has a very significant lesson for us.
What particular thing did David vow to do that he should be remembered for? Was it some great thing? He did many great things starting with the killing of Goliath – not counting the killing of the wild animals that sought to attack the sheep he was caring for. But his vow is not something that human nature sees as great – but which today’s Psalm is a heartfelt plea about! The memory of this vow should be counted in his favour! Is it a vow we should consider making?
“I will not enter my house or get into my bed, I will not give sleep to my eyes or slumber to my eyelids, until I find a place for the LORD, a dwelling place for the Mighty One of Jacob” (verses 3-5).
David cannot mean he is going to build a literal temple for the Almighty. Nor can he mean the tabernacle, for the Lord had had a dwelling place there for centuries. The answer is to be found in Isaiah 57, as well as other places. There we read
“For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and humble spirit” (verse 15).
So the dwelling place that David vowed to find for the Lord was in his own heart. To do that he had to mentally prostrate himself before the Lord!
How to do that? We suggest a factor in this is getting your true imagination to try to comprehend God’s immeasurable greatness. We remember what Paul told the Ephesians,
“having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know … what is the immeasurable greatness of his power toward us who believe …” (1:18,19).
Remember how Jesus said,
“If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him” (John 14:23).
Our heart will become a temple if we really carry out the first commandment to the full! At the end of each day, we need to take stock, and restore any loss the day has brought to the Father’s spiritual temple – and “find a place” in our heart before we “give sleep to (our) eyes …”