A Song of Ascents.
1 LORD, remember David and all his afflictions;
2 How he swore to the LORD, and vowed to the Mighty One of Jacob:
3 “Surely I will not go into the chamber of my house, or go up to the comfort of my bed;
4 I will not give sleep to my eyes or slumber to my eyelids,
5 Until I find a place for the LORD, a dwelling place for the Mighty One of Jacob.”
6 Behold, we heard of it in Ephrathah; we found it in the fields of the woods.
7 Let us go into His tabernacle; let us worship at His footstool.
8 Arise, O LORD, to Your resting place, You and the ark of Your strength.
9 Let Your priests be clothed with righteousness, and let Your saints shout for joy.
10 For Your servant David’s sake, do not turn away the face of Your Anointed.
11 The LORD has sworn in truth to David; He will not turn from it: “I will set upon your throne the fruit of your body.
12 If your sons will keep My covenant and My testimony which I shall teach them, their sons also shall sit upon your throne forevermore.”
13 For the LORD has chosen Zion; He has desired it for His dwelling place:
14 “This is My resting place forever; here I will dwell, for I have desired it.
15 I will abundantly bless her provision; I will satisfy her poor with bread.
16 I will also clothe her priests with salvation, and her saints shall shout aloud for joy.
17 There I will make the horn of David grow; I will prepare a lamp for My Anointed.
18 His enemies I will clothe with shame, but upon Himself His crown shall flourish.”
We know, of course, that David never built the temple. That was his son Solomon. David did establish the location for the temple to be built later. So he did, “find a place for the LORD” after all. As a result of David’s commitment to honor God, God decided to honor David and his descendents in perpetuity (means forever). Do you want to improve your status? Instead of seeking your own honor and glory, seek to bring honor and glory to God first. Then, as with David, He will reciprocate. How do you bring honor to God? Start by being good at your job. Whether it’s running a country or doing your homework and walking the dog, do a good job. When you give to God (money, honor, time, etc.) from a pure heart, it puts Him in your debt, and He always pays His debts proportionately.