God’s Rule-Psalm 72:1-4

Psalm 72:1-4 “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.”

Salmo 72:1-4 “O Dio, da’ i tuoi giudizi al re e la tua giustizia al figlio del re; 2 ed egli giudicherà il tuo popolo con giustizia e i tuoi poveri con equità! 3 Portino i monti pace al popolo e le colline giustizia! 4 Egli garantirà il diritto ai miseri del popolo, salverà i figli del bisognoso e annienterà l’oppressore!”


     There are 150 Psalms that are divided into 5 books. Psalm 72 is the last Psalm of the second book and one of two Psalms written by Solomon. Psalm 127 is the other one. During the reign of Solomon, Israel reigned over a vast territory and prospered. It describes his reign but also alludes to the millennial reign of the Messiah. In this Psalm, Solomon describes the blessings that flow from the righteousness of God’s theocratic rule.

     As you read through these 4 verses, you can see that God will enact His favor on both His people and the land. The favor of blessing on the people are noted in the fact that God controls all things and will judge on behalf of the afflicted. When that happens is not the issue here. But it is something He will do because He is the God of justice. Solomon then speaks of the prosperity of the land. There will be a direct effect when the king reigns in righteousness. With proper rain and warmth, the mountains and the valleys will produce what is needed for a prosperous harvest.

     Finally, the protection of a righteous rule will include the “crush” (literally break into pieces) those that oppress both from within and without. This is what Solomon desired in his rule and concluded his Psalm by giving praise to God. “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.”  (v. 18-19)

Pray with me: Lord, this day I am encouraged by the Scriptures penned by Solomon who trusted You and modeled his leadership style after You. Help me to pattern my desires also after Your rule.

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