A Treasured Gem
When you dig for treasure and you uncover a gem of priceless worth, your heart leaps, you smile with joy and you want to tell everyone about your discovery. That is how I feel about Psalm 72. It is a Messianic Psalm written by King Solomon concerning the glory and reign of the future Son of God. Over nine hundred years will pass before Jesus is born. At least two thousand more years will fade away, yet this Psalm speaks of Jesus and of the time He will reign over the nations of the earth. God never ceases to amaze me in the mystery of His revelation and salvation in Christ Jesus.
Solomon asks God to give the king His judgments/ His wisdom and discernment. He then asks that God grant His righteousness to the king’s Son, in reference to the future Messiah. He will reign in righteousness and rule the poor with justice. He will save the children of the needy and destroy the oppressors. This reminds me of Luke 4 where Jesus quotes Isaiah 61 that the Spirit of the Lord is upon Him. He has anointed Him to preach good news to the poor.. heal the broken hearted…proclaim liberty to the captives…sight to the blind…set free the oppressed…
This King will be respected and held in awe forever. He will bless the earth like gentle rain, righteousness will flourish, and peace will abound. This reminds me of Isaiah 9:6,7, the Prince of Peace, the increase of peace and justice in His government…He will reign over the nations of the earth and they will come to worship Him and serve Him, Zech. 14.
He will be the Savior and Redeemer of the poor and needy. To which I believe we all are poor and needy in spirit. In Him we will be forgiven, pardoned, and saved…born into His kingdom by the Spirit of God.
Prayer will be made to Him daily and praise will be constant before Him. “My house shall be called a house of prayer,” Jesus said. Out of the mouths of babes will they praise Him, Mat. 21. The earth will bring forth an abundance of grain and fruit. He will restore the earth to Eden and all will prosper.
All people will be blessed in Him and all the nations will call Him blessed, Gen. 12.
Solomon ends with glorious praise to God. Let Him be praised forever and ever. Let the whole earth be filled with His glory, Rev. 22.
The truth of Christ and His salvation has been made plain by God throughout the ages. It is written in the Scriptures for all to see and speaks loudly from the mystery and beauty of creation. How precious is the Word of God. May we continue to discover gems of His truth as we seek Him with all of our heart.