New International Reader's Version

Psalm 132

Psalm 132

A song for those who go up to Jerusalem to worship the Lord.

Lord, remember David
    and all the times he didn’t do what he wanted.

Lord, he made a promise.
    Mighty One of Jacob, he made a promise to you.
He said, “I won’t enter my house
    or go to bed.
I won’t let my eyes sleep.
    I won’t close my eyelids
until I find a place for the Lord.
    I want to build a house for the Mighty One of Jacob.”

Here are the words we heard in Ephrathah.
    We heard them again in the fields of Kiriath Jearim.
“Let us go to the Lord’s house.
    Let us worship at his feet. Let us say,
Lord, rise up and come to your resting place.
    Come in together with the ark. It’s the sign of your power.
May your priests put on godliness as if it were their clothes.
    May your faithful people sing for joy.’ ”

10 In honor of your servant David,
    don’t turn your back on your anointed king.

11 The Lord made a promise to David.
    It is a firm promise that he will never break.
He said, “After you die,
    I will place one of your own sons on your throne.
12 If your sons keep my covenant
    and the laws I teach them,
then their sons will sit
    on your throne for ever and ever.”

13 The Lord has chosen Zion.
    That’s the place where he wants to live.
14 He has said, “This will be my resting place for ever and ever.
    Here I will sit on my throne, because that’s what I want.
15 I will greatly bless Zion with everything it needs.
    I will give plenty of food to the poor people living there.
16 I will put salvation on its priests as if it were their clothes.
    God’s faithful people will always sing for joy.

17 “Here in Jerusalem I will raise up a mighty king from the family of David.
    I will set up the lamp of David’s kingdom for my anointed king.
    Its flame will burn brightly forever.
18 I will put shame on his enemies as if it were their clothes.
    But he will wear on his head a shining crown.”

The Message

Psalm 132

A Pilgrim Song

11-5 O God, remember David,
    remember all his troubles!
And remember how he promised God,
    made a vow to the Strong God of Jacob,
“I’m not going home,
    and I’m not going to bed,
I’m not going to sleep,
    not even take time to rest,
Until I find a home for God,
    a house for the Strong God of Jacob.”

6-7 Remember how we got the news in Ephrathah,
    learned all about it at Jaar Meadows?
We shouted, “Let’s go to the shrine dedication!
    Let’s worship at God’s own footstool!”

8-10 Up, God, enjoy your new place of quiet repose,
    you and your mighty covenant ark;
Get your priests all dressed up in justice;
    prompt your worshipers to sing this prayer:
“Honor your servant David;
    don’t disdain your anointed one.”

11-18 God gave David his word,
    he won’t back out on this promise:
“One of your sons
    I will set on your throne;
If your sons stay true to my Covenant
    and learn to live the way I teach them,
Their sons will continue the line—
    always a son to sit on your throne.
Yes—I, God, chose Zion,
    the place I wanted for my shrine;
This will always be my home;
    this is what I want, and I’m here for good.
I’ll shower blessings on the pilgrims who come here,
    and give supper to those who arrive hungry;
I’ll dress my priests in salvation clothes;
    the holy people will sing their hearts out!
Oh, I’ll make the place radiant for David!
    I’ll fill it with light for my anointed!
I’ll dress his enemies in dirty rags,
    but I’ll make his crown sparkle with splendor.”