Psalm 72 is the first psalm of Solomon. As one begins reading it, it is a prayer of blessing for the new king. It is a great prayer of blessing. In the prayer, He asks for a just king. A king that protects the needy, the people that are oppressed. He prays for justice, for honor and for his enemies to recognize that he is God’s king. It is a prayer for God’s favor, men’s recognition and the world’s response to a king that God protects and promotes. Amazingly, it is not until the end of the psalm, that we realize it is not Solomon’s prayer at all–but David’s. It is the prayer of a father for the son that will carry on where he left off. It changes from bold and confident prayer of a boy to a loving blessing from a dad.
We as parents need to pray for our kids. They will be the ones that carry on after we are gone. They are the ones that will continue to build, Lord willing, long after we are done. We who have children, know that there is nothing we would not do help our kids be what they can be. Why not do the most important thing–bring them before God and place them under his hand of mercy. As we do, we cannot assure that they will not face trials and hardships, but, we can assure that God will be there for them, with them and by them as long as we have breath to pray.
God Bless You
Give your love of justice to the king, O God,
and righteousness to the king’s son.
2 Help him judge your people in the right way;
let the poor always be treated fairly.
3 May the mountains yield prosperity for all,
and may the hills be fruitful.
4 Help him to defend the poor,
to rescue the children of the needy,
and to crush their oppressors.
5 May they fear you as long as the sun shines,
as long as the moon remains in the sky.
6 May the king’s rule be refreshing like spring rain on freshly cut grass,
like the showers that water the earth.
7 May all the godly flourish during his reign.
May there be abundant prosperity until the moon is no more.
8 May he reign from sea to sea,
and from the Euphrates River to the ends of the earth.
9 Desert nomads will bow before him;
his enemies will fall before him in the dust.
10 The western kings of Tarshish and other distant lands
will bring him tribute.
The eastern kings of Sheba and Seba
will bring him gifts.
11 All kings will bow before him,
and all nations will serve him…
(This ends the prayers of David, Son of Jesse)