THE KING AND I
God in heaven, thank you for Jesus—my Savior, my Redeemer, my Liberator—the King of Kings.
Read PSALM 72
1 Endow the king with your justice, O God,
the royal son with your righteousness.
2 May he judge your people in righteousness,
your afflicted ones with justice.
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[a] 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.
8 May he rule from sea to sea
and from the River[b] 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.
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.
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[c] like the grass of the field.
17 May his name endure forever;
may it continue as long as the sun.
Then all nations will be blessed through him,[d]
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.
20 This concludes the prayers of David son of Jesse.
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ReflectImagine entering the throne room of a king. What preparation, if any, would help you make sure you’re ready to meet him? God the King wants us just to come as we are, but with love and respect. Ready?
You won’t have gotten far through this song before you realized there’s something strange about it. It seems to be a prayer for the ruler of Israel, who’s a descendant of King David, but then it uses phrases such as ‘May he endure as long as the sun…’ (v 5). Well, none of David’s descendants lived and reigned that long, did they? Except one, of course: the Lord Jesus himself (Matthew 1:6–17; Luke 1:32,33). The psalm begins about Solomon or his son, but it transitions to worshipping the Messiah.
Scattered through the song are pointers to what the role of the king’s followers should be. Scanning the verses again, how much can you see in them about our King, if we’re to work with him in what he’s doing?
One thing I notice for Jesus’ followers, from verse 17b, is that we are to be part of God’s mission, the same mission he wanted Abram and Sarai to join in with back in Genesis 12:1-3: everyone on earth will be blessed.
Find ways to connect with those in your own community who don’t yet know Jesus the King and point them to him.
Lord Jesus, thank you for the countless blessings, both temporal and eternal, that you have showered on me. Help me to use those blessings to testify to who you are, what you have done, and what you have promised yet to do.
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