There I will make a horn to sprout for David; I have prepared a lamp for my anointed. (Psalm 132:17)
There? Where? The psalm is explicit. It is Jerusalem: the place of God’s dwelling… the throne of His Anointed One.
The Lord is here and the Lord reigns! The truth is contained in the symbolism of the Ark and the promise of the Coming King from the family of David.
Where God IS and where God RULES.
That’s where I long to be. The psalmist is looking for this place. He wants to go there. Then in the fullness of time, in a person, God sends it all here. The presence and the kingship come in the shape of a baby. A horn sprouts for David. Jesus is God with us (Matthew 1:22–23). And Jesus is the King (Matthew 2:5–6) — both of Israel and the nations (Matthew 2:11).
But Psalm 132 goes further than that. Verse 18 shows God’s enemies “clothed in shame.” There’s a line drawn right through history here, through the coming of the Messaiah as a baby, through to the thorn-crown of Calvary, and on to the vision of Revelation 21.
And we see the fulfiment of Israel’s Temple and King in the End of all history.
And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb [the descendant of David]. And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb . (Revelation 21:22–23; 22:16)
No longer will there by anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him. (Revelation 21:3)
Here is the a vision of the ultimate Christmas party.
We know that Jesus has come and that He will come again. We celebrate His birth and long for His return.