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Psalm 72 – Godly justice

October 13, 2005

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.

by Susan Barnes
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Susan Barnes

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10 thoughts on “Psalm 72 – Godly justice”

  1. Rick Warren talked about this psalm today. Although he seemed to suggest it was solomen’s psalm…But it says at the top Psalm of soloman and at the bottom this ends the prayer of david?

    anyway Rick was saying that he was praying about how to handle his new found influence since becomming very well known. He was confused as to why the Kings name should be greater and greater but then realised that the purpose of having influence is to speak for those who are not able to speak.

  2. Rick Warren talked about this psalm today. Although he seemed to suggest it was solomen’s psalm…But it says at the top Psalm of soloman and at the bottom this ends the prayer of david?

    anyway Rick was saying that he was praying about how to handle his new found influence since becomming very well known. He was confused as to why the Kings name should be greater and greater but then realised that the purpose of having influence is to speak for those who are not able to speak.

  3. Yes I like that: “to speak for those who are not able to speak”. And that is not only the poor and needy sometimes it is the young or the old who don’t have a voice (influence).

  4. Yes I like that: “to speak for those who are not able to speak”. And that is not only the poor and needy sometimes it is the young or the old who don’t have a voice (influence).

  5. Ok, breaking all the rules I looked at the commentary and it said that V.20 “is rounding off a book or books of the psalter, in which David is the chief but not the only author”. So Solomon probably wrote it.

  6. Ok, breaking all the rules I looked at the commentary and it said that V.20 “is rounding off a book or books of the psalter, in which David is the chief but not the only author”. So Solomon probably wrote it.

  7. yeah i just read this psalm the other day and was tryin to work out what was with the Solomon and David thing of who did write it. And yeah that’s good about speakinf for those who don’t have a voice. I have found that i have had to do this fairly often as a youth leader, trying to get accross to older adults the desires of youht. And sometimes i have had to get older adults to speak for me when some look down as if young adults aren’t “real” adults or something.

  8. yeah i just read this psalm the other day and was tryin to work out what was with the Solomon and David thing of who did write it. And yeah that’s good about speakinf for those who don’t have a voice. I have found that i have had to do this fairly often as a youth leader, trying to get accross to older adults the desires of youht. And sometimes i have had to get older adults to speak for me when some look down as if young adults aren’t “real” adults or something.

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