Psalm 72

Psalm 72

What is your prayer for your child?

This psalm has the title, “Prayer for Guidance and Support for the KingOf Solomon.” On its face value, it looks like a prayer for the king Solomon. However, it is written by the king David, the father of Solomon. So, it is a prayer of a father for the son. In this prayer, we can see what the wishes of the parents for the children are.

Justice and righteousness first!

David pray that the king should have justice and righteousness to rule and judge the people. Righteousness (moral demand) is for all people but justice (legal demand) is for the poor.

Give the king your justice, O God,and your righteousness to a king’s son. May he judge your people with righteousness, and your poor with justice. May the mountains yield prosperity for the people,and the hills, in righteousness. May he defend the cause of the poor of the people,give deliverance to the needy,and crush the oppressor.”

Peace and dominion will follow!

If a king reign the country with righteousness and justice domestically, prosperity will follow for the nation and peace and dominion will be given by God for international relations.

May he live while the sun endures,and as long as the moon, throughout all generations.May he be like rain that falls on the mown grass,like showers that water the earth.In his days may righteousness flourishand peace abound, until the moon is no more. May he have dominion from sea to sea,and from the River to the ends of the earth. May his foes bow down before him,and his enemies lick the dust. May the kings of Tarshish and of the islesrender him tribute,may the kings of Sheba and Sebabring gifts. May all kings fall down before him,all nations give him service.For he delivers the needy when they call,the poor and those who have no helper. He has pity on the weak and the needy,and saves the lives of the needy. From oppression and violence he redeems their life;and precious is their blood in his sight.”

If a king rules with righteousness and justice, s/he deserves a long life and fame!

People in and outside of the country want such king to live longer. Prosperity and peace are promoted. Everybody wants to keep that status long!

Long may he live!May gold of Sheba be given to him.
May prayer be made for him continually,and blessings invoked for him all day long. May there be abundance of grain in the land;may it wave on the tops of the mountains;may its fruit be like Lebanon;and may people blossom in the citieslike the grass of the field.May his name endure forever,his fame continue as long as the sun.May all nations be blessed in him;may they pronounce him happy. 

All of these things happen because of the Grace of God.

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,who alone does wondrous things. Blessed be his glorious name forever;may his glory fill the whole earth.
Amen and Amen. The prayers of David son of Jesse are ended.

It all starts with righteousness and justice and ends with praise to God!

These are wishes of parents for their children. They should have righteousness morally, justice legally, prosperity financially, long and healthy life physically, humble mind to praise God spiritually.

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About biblepreacher

United Methodist Church Pastor. My wife, Hysung Hong Lee, is also a UMC pastor and my Son, Hozeh, and Daughter, Hoyon, are college students.
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