At the moment “the whole earth” is experiencing uncertainties and troubles as man tries to do all for the glory of man! The focus of many is on financial gain and on getting as many friends on social media as possible.
Lots of people spend hours going through their daily messages of Facebook and Instagram friends. They often spend so much time that they have no time for other activities which would be more productive. But worse, lots of people in their urge to get somewhere at the top in life, have no time for God nor His Word.
The subject of today’s psalm is a type of King of righteousness and of peace. After the time of sufferings and conflict of which the preceding psalm speaks, there will follow the righteous and blessed reign of the Messiah, the Son of David.
King David asks Jehovah to give king Solomon His justice; His righteousness to the royal son. And by that royal son, we may think of the one born out of the tribe of David, the son of David, Jesus Christ. David pleads with God that the mountains shall bring prosperity to the people, the hills bring the fruit of righteousness (Psalm 72:3) whilst the promised one will judge the poor of the people, saving the children of the needy, and breaking the oppressor in pieces (Psalm 72:4).
From this writing, we can get a picture of what lies in front of us. Though today may be full of uncertainties and sorrows, there comes a time that the unhappy souls on the earth will find mercy and help. Violence and oppression, the exploitation of the weak by the strong, all injustice will come to an end, at the same time also as material suffering and undernourishment which today affects at least half the population of the globe.
“There shall be abundance of corn in the earth, upon the top of the mountains” (v. 16 JND trans.).
In the days to come, which shall be his days, the righteous shall flourish, and we shall be able to find abundance of peace (v. 7).
The psalm speaks about the time when there shall come an end to all those difficulties David had to cope with, but also we.
Psa 72:7-9 KJV In his days shall the righteous flourish; and abundance of peace so long as the moon endureth. (8) He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth. (9) They that dwell in the wilderness shall bow before him; and his enemies shall lick the dust.
All these blessings spoken off, will at long last call forth an echo of grateful praise in the hearts of men who are today so ungrateful for all God’s goodness. In that day, heaven will bless the earth, and the earth will reply (cf. Hos.2:21-22). Then the glory of Jehovah will cover the earth (v. 19; Num. 14:21).
Psa 72:18-20 KJV Blessed be the LORD God, the God of Israel, who only doeth wondrous things. (19) And blessed be his glorious name for ever: and let the whole earth be filled with his glory; Amen, and Amen. (20) The prayers of David the son of Jesse are ended.
It is on this note of praise and on the contemplation of the true Solomon that the 2nd book of Psalms ends.
Find also to read: Today’s thought “May … His fame continue as long as the sun” (February 09)