545.) Psalm 72

Psalm 72

(Today’s New International Version)

Of Solomon.

1 Endow the king with your justice, O God,
the royal son with your righteousness.

This psalm belongs to Solomon in part, but to Christ more fully and clearly. Solomon was both the king and the king’s son, and his pious father desired that the wisdom of God might be in him, that his reign might be a remembrance of the kingdom of the Messiah. It is the prayer of a father for his child; a dying blessing. The best we can ask of God for our children is, that God would give them wisdom and grace to know and to do their duty.

–Matthew Henry

2 May he judge your people in righteousness,
your afflicted ones with justice.

Psalm 36:6 (New Living Translation)

Your righteousness is like the mighty mountains,
      your justice like the ocean depths.

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3 May the mountains bring prosperity to the people,
the hills the fruit of righteousness.
4 May he defend the afflicted among the people
and save the children of the needy;
may he crush the oppressor.
5 May he endure as long as the sun,
as long as the moon, through all generations.

6 May he be like rain falling on a mown field,
like showers watering the earth.
7 In his days may the righteous flourish
and prosperity abound till the moon is no more.

Mark 13:31 (New Living Translation)

Heaven and earth will disappear, but my words will never disappear.

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8 May he rule from sea to sea
and from the River to the ends of the earth.
9 May the desert tribes bow before him
and his enemies lick the dust.
10 May the kings of Tarshish and of distant shores
bring tribute to him.
May the kings of Sheba and Seba
present him gifts.
11 May all kings bow down to him
and all nations serve him.

12 For he will deliver the needy who cry out,
the afflicted who have no one to help.

Mark 10:46-52 (New Living Translation)

Then they reached Jericho, and as Jesus and his disciples left town, a large crowd followed him. A blind beggar named Bartimaeus (son of Timaeus) was sitting beside the road. When Bartimaeus heard that Jesus of Nazareth was nearby, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

“Be quiet!” many of the people yelled at him.

But he only shouted louder, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”

When Jesus heard him, he stopped and said, “Tell him to come here.”

So they called the blind man. “Cheer up,” they said. “Come on, he’s calling you!”  Bartimaeus threw aside his coat, jumped up, and came to Jesus.

“What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked.

“My rabbi,” the blind man said, “I want to see!”

And Jesus said to him, “Go, for your faith has healed you.” Instantly the man could see, and he followed Jesus down the road.

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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.

Matthew 2:10-11 (New Living Translation)

When they saw the star, they were filled with joy!  They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

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May people ever pray for him
and bless him all day long.
16 May grain abound throughout the land;
on the tops of the hills may it sway.
May the crops flourish like Lebanon
and thrive like the grass of the field.
17 May his name endure forever;
may it continue as long as the sun.

Philippians 2:6-11 (New Living Translation)

  Though he was God,
      he did not think of equality with God
      as something to cling to.
  Instead, he gave up his divine privileges;
      he took the humble position of a slave
      and was born as a human being.
   When he appeared in human form,
    he humbled himself in obedience to God
      and died a criminal’s death on a cross.

  Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor
      and gave him the name above all other names,
  that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
      in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
  and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
      to the glory of God the Father.

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Then 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.

Jude 1:24-25 (New Living Translation)

Now all glory to God, who is able to keep you from falling away and will bring you with great joy into his glorious presence without a single fault.  All glory to him who alone is God, our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord. All glory, majesty, power, and authority are his before all time, and in the present, and beyond all time! Amen.

20 This concludes the prayers of David son of Jesse.

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Music:

“Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise” is one of my favorite hymns.

The hymn “Jesus Shall Reign,” by Isaac Watts, is based on Psalm 72.

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Images courtesy of:
Ps. 72.5.  http://www.turnbacktogod.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/Psalm-72-5-Wallpaper.jpg
misty mountains.  http://media-cdn.tripadvisor.com/media/photo-s/01/be/5a/bc/the-misty-mountains.jpg
earth and sun.    http://mi9.com/uploads/landscape/2078/earth-and-sun_1024x768_27507.jpg
Jesus heals a blind man.     http://revdavidhorsburgh.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/blind-man-healed.jpg
Persian nativity.    http://media.photobucket.com/image/recent/Patrap_2006/magi.jpg
Jesus crosses.  http://i2.squidoocdn.com/resize/squidoo_images/250/draft_lens5895372module46665122photo_1248705236Jesus_Crosses.jpg
rainbow.    http://www.wunderground.com/data/wximagenew/r/RevMac/280.jpg
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