Psalm 72 — When Christ reigns

This is a psalm written by Solomon that looks forward to the time when Christ, the great King, reigns.

So often we look at the people ruling or governing our nations, and all we are left with is disappointment.  People that should be looking out for our interests and the interests of the nation only look out for themselves.  The only time they look out for others is if they feel that it’s toward their benefit.

But here we see Christ reigning in true righteousness.  A king who judges justly, and looks out for those who are afflicted and needy.  A king who does so because he truly cares about them (1-4, 12-14).

We also see a king whom under the righteous prosper and will find blessing.  I like verse 6 where it says,

May he be like rain falling on a mown field, like showers watering the earth.

But most of all, I like verse 17 where it says,

Then all nations will be blessed through him, and they will call him blessed.

One can’t help but think that Solomon had in mind God’s promise to Abraham in Genesis 12 where he said,

I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing….all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.  (Genesis 12:2-3)

In Christ, we will see the ultimate fulfillment of God’s promise to Abraham.  And so Solomon closes with this benediction:

Praise be to the Lord God, the God of Israel, who alone does marvelous deeds.  Praise be to his glorious name forever; may the whole earth be filled with his glory.  Amen and Amen.  (18-19)

Amen.  Come soon Lord Jesus.

About bkshiroma

I'm from Hawaii, but have been in Japan as a missionary/English teacher since 1995. I'm currently going to a church called Crossroad Nishinomiya, an international church in Nishinomiya, a city right between Kobe and Osaka. Check out their website: 私がハワイから来ましたけど1995年に宣教師と英会話の教師として日本に引っ越しました。 今西宮にあるクロスロード西宮という国際の教会に行っています。どうぞ、そのホムページを見てください:
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