October 12 – Psalms 131 and 132 from the Old Testament

Psalms 131 and 132 – Psalm 131

A song of ascents, by David.

131:1 O Lord, my heart is not proud,

nor do I have a haughty look.

I do not have great aspirations,

or concern myself with things that are beyond me.

131:2 Indeed I am composed and quiet,

like a young child carried by its mother;

I am content like the young child I carry.

131:3 O Israel, hope in the Lord

now and forevermore!

Psalm 132

A song of ascents.

132:1 O Lord, for David’s sake remember

all his strenuous effort,

132:2 and how he made a vow to the Lord,

and swore an oath to the powerful ruler of Jacob.

132:3 He said, “I will not enter my own home,

or get into my bed.

132:4 I will not allow my eyes to sleep,

or my eyelids to slumber,

132:5 until I find a place for the Lord,

a fine dwelling place for the powerful ruler of Jacob.”

132:6 Look, we heard about it in Ephrathah,

we found it in the territory of Jaar.

132:7 Let us go to his dwelling place!

Let us worship before his footstool!

132:8 Ascend, O Lord, to your resting place,

you and the ark of your strength!

132:9 May your priests be clothed with integrity!

May your loyal followers shout for joy!

132:10 For the sake of David, your servant,

do not reject your chosen king!

132:11 The Lord made a reliable promise to David;

he will not go back on his word.

He said, “I will place one of your descendants on your throne.

132:12 If your sons keep my covenant

and the rules I teach them,

their sons will also sit on your throne forever.”

132:13 Certainly the Lord has chosen Zion;

he decided to make it his home.

132:14 He said, “This will be my resting place forever;

I will live here, for I have chosen it.

132:15 I will abundantly supply what she needs;

I will give her poor all the food they need.

132:16 I will protect her priests,

and her godly people will shout exuberantly.

132:17 There I will make David strong;

I have determined that my chosen king’s dynasty will continue.

132:18 I will humiliate his enemies,

and his crown will shine.

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