Arise, O Lord, into thy rest
Which words, and what follow, were used by Solomon at the dedication of the temple; and with which he concluded his prayer, ( 2 Chronicles 6:41 2 Chronicles 6:42 ) ; and so may be a request to the Lord, that he would take up his residence in the temple built for him, where he would have a firm and stable place of rest; who, from the time of Israel's coming out of Egypt, had not dwelt in a house; but had walked in a tent or tabernacle from place to place, ( 2 Samuel 6:6 ) ; and that he would take up his abode in his church, the antitype of the temple, and rest in his love there, and cause his people to rest also; see ( Psalms 132:13 Psalms 132:14 ) ;
thou, and the ark of thy strength;
the Targum is,
``thou, and the ark in which is thy law.''This is sometimes called the strength of the Lord; because by it he showed his great strength in destroying the enemies of his people, the Philistines and others; see ( Psalms 78:61 ) ( 105:4 ) . It was a type of Christ, who is the power of God, and the mighty God; and, as man, made strong by the Lord; and, as Mediator, has all strength in him for his people. And so the words may be considered as a request to him, either to arise and enter into his rest in heaven, having done his work of redemption and salvation here on earth, for which he became incarnate; or to grant his presence with his church, and take up his rest there, and give them spiritual peace and rest for their souls.