To the Coming Reign of the Righteous King–Christ the Messiah
Psalm 72 is one of only two psalms written by Solomon. In it, he prays that he and his royal descendants would rule over Israel with righteousness and compassion. These traits please God, and all the people of Israel are inclined to imitate such a king. If Israel practiced such righteousness, God promised to bless her with prosperity and global fame. This would make kings and citizens of other countries aware of Israel’s God and Israel’s ways. It is through the kings that the Lord God’s blessings are mediated to the people.
A Psalm of Solomon.
1 Give the king Your judgments, O God, and Your righteousness to the king’s son.
2 May he judge Your people with righteousness and your afflicted with justice.
3 Let the mountains bring peace to the people, and the hills, in righteousness.
4 May he vindicate the afflicted of the people, save the children of the needy
and crush the oppressor.
5 Let them fear You while the sun endures, and as long as the moon, throughout
6 May he come down like rain upon the mown grass, like showers that water the earth.
7 In his days may the righteous flourish, and abundance of peace till the moon is no more.
8 May he also rule from sea to sea and from the River to the ends of the earth.
9 Let the nomads of the desert bow before him, and his enemies lick the dust.
10 Let the kings of Tarshish and of the islands bring presents; the kings of Sheba–
11 And let all kings bow down before him, all nations serve him.
12 For he will deliver the needy when he cries for help, the afflicted also, and him
who has no helper.
13 He will have compassion on the poor and needy, and the lives of the needy he will save.
14 He will rescue their life from oppression and violence, and their blood will be
precious in his sight;
15 So may he live, and may the gold of Sheba be given to him; and let them pray for
him continually–let them bless him all day long.
16 May there be abundance of grain in the earth on top of the mountains–
Its fruit will wave like the cedars of Lebanon, and may those from the city flourish
like vegetation of the earth.
17 May his name endure forever–may his name increase as long as the sun shines.
And let men bless themselves by him, let all nations call him blessed.
18 Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, who alone works wonders.
19 And blessed be His glorious name forever. And may the whole earth be filled with His glory.
Amen, and Amen.