Psalm 72 – Godly justice
V.20 tells us that this prayer concludes the prayers of David but under the title it says “of Solomon”. V. 1 contains a prayer for the “royal son”. So I’m assuming David wrote this prayer about his son Solomon who was to be the future king.
The first thing David prays for Solomon is that God would bestow on him godly justice. Justice and righteousness rate highly in the first few verses and prosperity seems to flow from righteousness. Then in verses 12-14 David particularly prays for the needy, the afflicted, the weak to be rescued from oppression and violence. After these verses David prays for blessings and abundance.
It got me wondering if David had been concerned for the needy when he was king. I found this verse, “David reigned over all Israel, doing what was just and right for all his people” 2 Samuel 8:15. I guess it is no surprise that David would rule justly, since he was a man after God’s own heart. Doing what is just and right is not always easy as we can find ourselves in ethical dilemmas but God will give us His wisdom if we ask.
(I also think it is interesting that Nathan’s story of the rich man mistreating the poor man (2 Samuel 12:1-4), while fictional, caused David to burn with anger). Solomon seems to have begun well but unfortunately towards the end of his reign became more interested in taxing people then showing concern for their welfare.
During this next week I’ll be looking at Psalm 84. I’ll post about it next Thursday.