THOUGHT FOR TODAY

From Psalm 132, 133 (NLT):

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(Illustration by Jenn Webster)

Lord, remember David
    and all that he suffered.
  He made a solemn promise to the Lord.
    He vowed to the Mighty One of Israel,
  “I will not go home;
    I will not let myself rest.
  I will not let my eyes sleep
    nor close my eyelids in slumber
  until I find a place to build a house for the Lord,
    a sanctuary for the Mighty One of Israel.”

  We heard that the Ark was in Ephrathah;
    then we found it in the distant countryside of Jaar.
  Let us go to the sanctuary of the Lord;
    let us worship at the footstool of His throne.
  Arise, O Lord, and enter Your resting place,
    along with the Ark, the symbol of Your power.
  May Your priests be clothed in godliness;
    may your loyal servants sing for joy.
   For the sake of your servant David,
    do not reject the king You have anointed.

The Lord swore an oath to David
    with a promise He will never take back:
“I will place one of your descendants
    on your throne.
   If your descendants obey the terms of my covenant
    and the laws that I teach them,
then your royal line
    will continue forever and ever.”

   For the Lord has chosen Jerusalem;
    he has desired it for His home.
  “This is my resting place forever,” He said.
    “I will live here, for this is the home I desired.
   I will bless this city and make it prosperous;
    I will satisfy its poor with food. I will clothe its priests with godliness;
    its faithful servants will sing for joy.
   Here I will increase the power of David;
    my anointed one will be a light for my people.
   I will clothe his enemies with shame,
    but he will be a glorious king.”…
How wonderful and pleasant it is
    when brothers live together in harmony!
  For harmony is as precious as the anointing oil
    that was poured over Aaron’s head,
    that ran down his beard and onto the border of his robe.
  Harmony is as refreshing as the dew from Mount Hermon
    that falls on the mountains of Zion.
And there the Lord has pronounced His blessing,
    even life everlasting.

 

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