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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Psalm Chapter 72

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: David, Asaph, Solomon, Heman, Ethan, Moses, and the Sons of Korah
Date Penned: (1440-586 BC)
Overview: Poetry for the Expression of Praise and Worship to God (c 1-150)
Theme: The Second Book of Psalms (c 42-72)
Message: The Perfect King (v 1-20)

Psalms 72 Commentary

(72:1-2) Pray for Our Leaders - What qualities do we want most in our leaders? God desires all who rule under him to be just and righteous. Think of how the world would change if world leaders would commit themselves to these two qualities. Pray for leaders as you hear about them in the news. Ask God to help them see their need for him; ask God to help them lead with justice and righteousness (see 1 Timothy 2:1-2). If you are a leader, consider your great responsibility a privilege. Use your position wisely, and stay close to God. 

(72:12-14) Share God's Love - God cares for the poor, the oppressed, and the weak because they are precious to him. If God feels so strongly about these people who are in need and loves them so deeply, how can we ignore their plight? Examine what you are doing to reach out with God's love. Are you ignoring those who are suffering or helping to meet their needs? 

(72:17) The Temple - Solomon, David's son, reigned during Israel's golden age. He built the magnificent temple in Jerusalem, and the land rested in peace. This psalm, though written by Solomon, looks beyond Solomon's reign to that of Jesus the Messiah, whose kingdom extends "unto the ends of the earth" (72:8) and is greater than any human empire. This will be fulfilled when Christ returns to reign forever (Revelation 11415). Anticipating his worldwide rule can fill our hearts with hope. 

(72:19-20) the end of the second book of Psalms - Book Two ends with "Amen, and Amen," as did Psalm 41, which closed Book One. This last verse does not mean that David wrote this psalm but that he wrote most of the psalms in Book Two.

Dave Burnette's Life Application

Training Your Children

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the Book of Psalm with Chapter 72. In our text today we see a theme of a Perfect King as Solomon asks God to help his son rule the nation with Godly precepts. In making application we see a principle for Christian parents to pray and train their Children to embrace Godly principles. Train up a child with love, instruction, time, and a relationship. Not all will follow our instruction but if we true life before our children a majority will follow in our footsteps. How about you? Do you pray, train, and live a Godly life before your children? Let us learn from our Psalm and text today to remember that the Godly lives we live before our children will influence our children to live Godly lives.


Psalm 72

Psalm 72

 1Give the king thy judgments, O God, and thy righteousness unto the king's son.

 2He shall judge thy people with righteousness, and thy poor with judgment.

 3The mountains shall bring peace to the people, and the little hills, by righteousness.

 4He shall judge the poor of the people, he shall save the children of the needy, and shall break in pieces the oppressor.

 5They shall fear thee as long as the sun and moon endure, throughout all generations.

 6He shall come down like rain upon the mown grass: as showers that water the earth.

 7In his days shall the righteous flourish; and abundance of peace so long as the moon endureth.

 8He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth.

 9They that dwell in the wilderness shall bow before him; and his enemies shall lick the dust.

 10The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall bring presents: the kings of Sheba and Seba shall offer gifts.

 11Yea, all kings shall fall down before him: all nations shall serve him.

 12For he shall deliver the needy when he crieth; the poor also, and him that hath no helper.

 13He shall spare the poor and needy, and shall save the souls of the needy.

 14He shall redeem their soul from deceit and violence: and precious shall their blood be in his sight.

 15And he shall live, and to him shall be given of the gold of Sheba: prayer also shall be made for him continually; and daily shall he be praised.

 16There shall be an handful of corn in the earth upon the top of the mountains; the fruit thereof shall shake like Lebanon: and they of the city shall flourish like grass of the earth.

 17His name shall endure for ever: his name shall be continued as long as the sun: and men shall be blessed in him: all nations shall call him blessed.

 18Blessed be the LORD God, the God of Israel, who only doeth wondrous things.

 19And blessed be his glorious name for ever: and let the whole earth be filled with his glory; Amen, and Amen.

 20The prayers of David the son of Jesse are ended.