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PSALMS OF ASCENT ! PSALM 132.17-18 “Resplendent” “HERE I WILL MAKE A HORN GROW FOR

PSALMS OF ASCENT!

PSALM 132.17-18

“Resplendent”

“HERE I WILL MAKE A HORN GROW FOR DAVID AND SET UP A LAMP FOR MY ANOINTED ONE. I WILL CLOTHE HIS ENEMIES WITH SHAME, BUT THE CROWN ON HIS HEAD WILL BE RESPLENDENT.” (PSALMS 132:17–18 NIV)

ON HIS HEAD WILL BE RESPLENDENT.” (PSALMS 132:17–18 NIV) SHEKINAH Are these verses a reminder of

SHEKINAH

Are these verses a reminder of the Shekinah? “When Solomon finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and

the sacrifices, and the glory of the LORD filled the temple. The priests

could not enter the

temple of

the

LORD

because

the

glory

of

the

LORD filled it.” (2 Chron 7:1–2) Do we need a reminder of the glory of God’s presence - now residing in a Christian? That is why we read our Bibles and pray to our great God. These actions refresh our picture of the privilege that it is to be a child of God.

SYMBOLS

Verses 17 and 18 are filled with meaningful symbols. The horn signifies strength, the lamp symbolises light, and the crown conveys dignity. The horn is also the horn of salvation. There were horns at the 4 corners of altar. Blood was put on them to forgive the sins of Israel. Zechariah

prophesied that Jesus had the strength of our salvation, “His father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied:

“Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come and has redeemed his people. He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago), salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us” (Luke 1:67–71 NIV)

STRENGTH

Indeed, Jesus has all the strength over death, and this is the reasons we fear nothing on this earth, “Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They

encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. In a loud

the

Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!”” (Rev 5:11–12 NIV)

voice

they

sang:

“Worthy

is

Because of this we can sing

songs like this one with joy and confidence,

my hope is

found, he is my light, my strength, my song, this corner-stone, this solid ground, firm through the fiercest drought and storm. What heights of love, what depths of peace, when fears are stilled, when strivings cease! My comforter, my all in all, here in the love of Christ I stand.” Such confidence means we face our challenges with a calmness that is surprising to the world, “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” (Phil 4:12–13 NIV) Will you rejoice today that we share in the resplendent crown of victory that is ours because of what Jesus did? He is our strength, our light and our salvation. Rejoice!

“In

Christ alone

Malcolm Cox, email: malcolm.cox@iccmissions.org | ICC Missions on facebook | www.nwlcc.org