A song for the ascent to Jerusalem. LORD, remember David and all that he suffered.
He took an oath before the LORD. He vowed to the Mighty One of Israel, a3
"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 dwelling place of the LORD; let us bow low before him.
Arise, O LORD, and enter your sanctuary, along with the Ark, the symbol of your power.
Your priests will be agents of salvation; may your loyal servants sing for joy.
For the sake of your servant David, do not reject the king you chose for your people.
The LORD swore to David 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 follow the decrees that I teach them, then your royal line will never end."
For the LORD has chosen Jerusalem b ; he has desired it as his home.
"This is my home where I will live forever," he said. "I will live here, for this is the place I desired.
I will make this city prosperous and satisfy its poor with food.
I will make its priests the agents of salvation; its godly people 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."
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)