God’s Oath-Psalm 132:11

Psalm 132:11 “The Lord swore an oath to David, a sure oath that he will not revoke: “One of your own descendants I will place on your throne.”

Salmo 132:11 «Il Signore ha fatto a Davide questo giuramento di verità e non lo revocherà: «Io metterò sul tuo trono un tuo discendente.»

     The context of this Psalm revolves around the people of God in prayer asking about God’s promises to David as recorded in 2 Samuel 7; namely that the blood line would continue, Zion would be His dwelling place and the Messiah would appear. Verse 11 answers their question about the Messiah. 

     There are some important reflections to note about this verse. First, it is an oath. This verse tells us that the oath is from the Lord. An oath in the Hebrew language is a form of the word for ‘seven’ and denotes the idea of completeness. The number seven occurs 391 times in the Bible and generally signifies the end of an event or the completion of a vow. 

      When God makes an oath, he puts a ‘seven’ on it. God made an oath to David which settles it but, as an added emphasis, He says it will not be revoked. We have experienced its fulfillment by the coming of Jesus who satisfied that oath. The Bible says at the angel’s announcement in Luke 1:32-33, “The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.”

      What can we take away from this verse? It reminds us that no matter what the circumstance, when God makes a promise, He will fulfill it!

Pray with me:  Lord, I know that sometimes waiting for an answer causes me to lose hope. Help me to remember that Your oath is as sure as the number ‘seven’ and You will complete what You have promised.

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