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Psalm 72

June 4, 2009

This psalm is “of Solomon” so we conclude it is a prayer written for Solomon at the beginning of his reign by David, by Solomon, or by somebody else. Its’ theme is ruling with justice and righteousness.

It has also been considered prophetic and Messianic, depicting the millennial reign of the Messiah, Jesus Christ.

It begins with the simple petition to bestow upon the king the justice and righteousness of God. Thus, the king is to rule according to God’s standard with love, mercy, honesty, and righteous integrity. He is to rule with fairness and without discrimination. He is to be just always, looking out for the best interests of all people.

If one rules in this manner, prosperity comes to the people. The mountains and hills of verses 3 and 4 probably refers to Jerusalem. Justice and righteousness begins with the king who influences his people to follow his example. Again, special consideration is to be given the afflicted, the needy, children, and the oppressed. They are given every opportunity to improve their standing. Righteous and just rule brings God’s blessing upon the people.

The people are blessed and the nation is blessed. The nation’s influence and righteous rule will be extended to other nations. This all happens because righteous justice is being administered to the needy, the afflicted, the weak, and the oppressed. The love of God is being administered through righteous justice.

No one wants the king to die because life is good. Prosperity and peace abound. People pray for the king and honor him. All nations are blessed through him. This is in reference to the Abrahamic Covenant and the coming of Jesus Christ.

This psalm closes with three verses which are not connected with this psalm but actually close Book Two of the Psalms. But in light of Psalm 72 it is very appropriate to offer praise to God because He is the One who reigns with righteousness and justice.

Everyone is subject to someone and everyone has authority over someone. The principle of ruling with righteous justice is the foundation of peace, unity, loyalty, faithfulness, and love. It is God’s divine way of showering us with blessing. It results in prosperity. Practice this in your daily life and observe how much better your world becomes. I’ve seen it happen in the workplace and never ceased to be amazed. God’s way is always the best way.

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