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Psalm 72: Jesus is King!

by | May 19, 2024

psalm 72

This Psalm belongs to Solomon in part, but to Christ more fully and clearly! Solomon was both the king and the king’s son; and his pious father desired that the wisdom of God might be in him, and that his reign might be a foreshadowing of the Kingdom of the Messiah. This composition is the prayer of a father for his child – teaching us that the best thing that we can ask from God for our children is that He would give them wisdom and grace to love and serve Him.

Many passages in this Psalm cannot be applied to the reign of Solomon, and so they must be understood as speaking exclusively of the Kingdom of the Lord Jesus. There were righteousness and peace at first in the administration of Solomon’s government; but before the end of his reign, there were troubles and unrighteousness. The Kingdom here spoken of is to last as long as the sun, but Solomon’s was soon at an end. Observe the many great and precious promises which are here made, which were to have full accomplishment only in the spiritual Kingdom of Christ. As far as His Kingdom is set up, discord and contentions cease in families, churches, and nations. The law of Christ, written in the heart, inclines people to be honest and just, and to render to all their due; and it also inclines them to live in true love and peace with each other. Holiness and love last forever in Christ’s Kingdom; it will support itself through all the changes of this world and all the changes of life. By the graces and comforts of His Holy Spirit, He comes down like rain upon the mown grass, so that it may spring up again. The Gospel of the Lord Jesus shall be preached to all nations, and He alone shall be feared throughout all generations. To the end of time and to all eternity, His name shall be praised; and all nations shall call Him blessed!

For what reason shall all nations call our Savior blessed? Let us answer this question by taking a moment to survey the many benefits that history and society enjoy, which are owed to Jesus alone, and the preaching of His Gospel.

First, the Gospel has produced many moral and social benefits among humanity. The simplest and plainest facts that lie upon the surface of history bear evidence to the wondrous transformations that were brought about by the entrance of Christian ideas and values into our world. For one thing, it gave man a totally new idea of himself, as a being of infinite dignity and immortal worth, made in God’s image. It showed him that his soul is capable of eternal life, and has an infinite value – a value that was worth enough for God’s own Son to die to redeem it. It flashed into men’s souls a new moral ideal; and it set up a standard of truth and integrity and purity, which has acted as an elevating force on moral standards in this world. It restored Woman to her rightful place by Man’s side, as his beloved helper and equal; and it created the best of God’s blessings on earth – namely, the Christian home, where sons and daughters are raised in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. It taught the slave his spiritual freedom as a member of the Kingdom of God, it gave him a place there in Christ’s Kingdom as an equal with his own master, and it struck at the very foundations of slavery by its doctrine of the natural brotherhood and dignity of man. It created a sense of duty in the use of one’s powers for self-support and for the benefit of others, and it urges engagement in honest labor. And in a myriad other ways, it has struck at the evils, corruptions, and cruelties of all ages.

The world also owes a large debt of gratitude to Jesus in the matter of religion. It was the Gospel of Christianity that overthrew the reign of all the gods and goddesses of Greece and Rome. It was Christianity that laid hold, with its youth-ful energy, of the rough barbarian people in the Middle Ages – training them to civilization and moral life. In England and Scotland, it was Christianity that lighted the torch which eventually spread its radiance throughout every part of the country. It is Christianity that is still teaching nations today to burn their idols, to cease their horrid practices, and to take upon them the obligations of moral and civilized existence. Whatever power there is in our religion to sustain holiness and conquer sin, we owe it to the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ!

But that is not all! The Kingdom of Jesus does not merely have blessings for us on earth; there are eternal benefits as well. “Jesus hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through His Gospel.” He did not merely teach people about the Way of return to God, but He Himself placed their feet in its paths! He not only taught us about God, but He also showed us how to be at reconciled and at peace with Him. In His infinite mercy, He took upon Himself our lonely, lost, and condemned condition; and through His cross, He opened the Kingdom of heaven to all believers. May we bless our gracious Savior and King for the wonders of redeeming love, and let us spend our days praying for the spread of His Gospel-Kingdom to all the world’s nations!

Lord Jesus, You are our one and only King, and we give praises to Your name! We beseech You to fill the whole earth with the glory of Your Gospel of grace! Amen.

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