“There I will make a horn to sprout for David; I have prepared a lamp for my anointed. His enemies I will clothe with shame, but on him his crown will shine.” (Psalm 132:17–18)
This psalm is about the covenant God made with David, and references three items - a horn to sprout for David, a lamp for my anointed, and a crown to shine. It’s worth our efforts to dive a little deeper into the meaning behind those symbols.
A horn generally came from a bull, and is a symbol of strength. The sprouting or growing of a horn is a symbol of a young and vigorous life. This imagery then references the growing strength God will provide David as he meets his challenges.
The second reference is a lamp that will surround him with light so darkness does not overcome him. The lamp has been prepared and given to David so that he always has a guide. The light provides a way for him to see his walk.
Finally, there will be a crown on his head because he is a beloved son of the King. The crown placed upon his head will shine for all to see he is a chosen heir of the kingdom of God.
God’s love for David can be seen in these symbols - He offers Him strength and protection, He provides a way out of the darkness, and He calls him His own. The most beautiful part of God’s plan for David is that we are told all those things promised to David in this covenant are also promised to us. We read in scripture: "Come, everyone who thirsts, come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat; and I will make with you an everlasting covenant, my steadfast, sure love for David. - Isaiah 55:1,3. The same strength and protection, the same light in the darkness, the same love of a child - it has all been promised to us.
It is an astonishing thing to me that I will benefit from the promises made to David. But then God means for me to be astonished. He means for me to leave my devotions astonished at the power and authority and surety with which I am loved by God.
Press on ~ you are loved 💗
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