Psalm 72


Of Solomon.

1 Endow the king with your justice, O God, the royal son with your righteousness.
2 He will judge your people in righteousness, your afflicted ones with justice.
3 The mountains will bring prosperity to the people, the hills the fruit of righteousness.
4 He will defend the afflicted among the people and save the children of the needy; he will crush the oppressor.
5 He will endure as long as the sun, as long as the moon, through all generations.
6 He will be like rain falling on a mown field, like showers watering the earth.
7 In his days the righteous will flourish; prosperity will abound till the moon is no more.
8 He will rule from sea to sea and from the River to the ends of the earth.
9 The desert tribes will bow before him and his enemies will lick the dust.
10 The kings of Tarshish and of distant shores will bring tribute to him; the kings of Sheba and Seba will present him gifts.
11 All kings will bow down to him and all nations will serve him.
12 For he will deliver the needy who cry out, the afflicted who have no one to help.
13 He will take pity on the weak and the needy and save the needy from death.
14 He will rescue them from oppression and violence, for precious is their blood in his sight.
15 Long may he live! May gold from Sheba be given him. May people ever pray for him and bless him all day long.
16 Let grain abound throughout the land; on the tops of the hills may it sway. Let its fruit flourish like Lebanon; let it thrive like the grass of the field.
17 May his name endure forever; may it continue as long as the sun. All nations will be blessed through him, and they will call him blessed.
18 Praise be to the LORD God, the God of Israel, who alone does marvelous deeds.
19 Praise be to his glorious name forever; may the whole earth be filled with his glory. Amen and Amen.
20 This concludes the prayers of David son of Jesse.

This psalm ends with “This concludes the prayers of David son of Jesse”.  The title given to this psalm is “Of Solomon”, but as I read the words of this psalm it points me to the future kingdom of Christ.  As I study the psalms as I age I realized that there is a political message in the writings of David.  David was a man after God’s own heart and this psalm points to a King (Christ) who will be bless all the nations.  So as David concludes his prayers I will consider the list of what this future King will do during His reign.  

He will judge your people in righteousness, your afflicted ones with justice.
He will defend the afflicted among the people and save the children of the needy; He will crush the oppressor.
He will endure as long as the sun, as long as the moon, through all generations.
He will be like rain falling on a mown field, like showers watering the earth.
He will rule from sea to sea and from the River to the ends of the earth.
He will deliver the needy who cry out, the afflicted who have no one to help.
He will take pity on the weak and the needy and save the needy from death.
He will rescue them from oppression and violence, for precious is their blood in his sight.

David ends his prayer with these words “May His name endure forever; may it continue as long as the sun. All nations will be blessed through him, and they will call him blessed.”  In Matthew 6:9, 10 these words were given to us as we start our prayer “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”  Christ has freed us from the curse of sin.  We do not see this total freedom yet as we make our journey here on earth.  But for those in Christ we can feel the presence of the Holy Spirit moving daily in our life to help us in our battles against this sinful nature.  This battle is found in Ephesians chapter six.

A quick look at the verses in Ephesians chapter six will reveal that we are in a battle, and this is a battle against authorities, against powers of this dark world, and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realm.  These words do point to a real battle and to prepare us to fight for this the Lord has provided us with these protections: the breastplate of righteousness, the helmet of salvation, and the belt of truth.   These three items are given to us as protection and all we have to do is put these items on.  The weapons describe in these verses are: the sandals of the gospel of peace, the shield of faith, and the sword of the spirit.  These three items are given to us as weapons to fight the battle of faith.  These items are only as good as we learn to apply them.  However, Paul ends this discussion about our battle with the need for direction that comes with prayer.   

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