A Season of Psalms - Psalm 72:11-15
“May all kings fall down before him, all nations serve him! For he delivers the needy when he calls, the poor and him who has no helper. He has pity on the weak and the needy, and saves the lives of the needy. From oppression and violence he redeems their life, and precious is their blood in his sight. Long may he live; may gold of Sheba be given to him! May prayer be made for him continually, and blessings invoked for him all the day!”
English Standard Version (ESV)
Is it good to be the king? The history of Israel and Judah say otherwise. Saul was Israel’s first king, but his disobedience led to the kingdom being torn from him. David succeeded Saul but broke two of God’s commandments regarding adultery and murder, and his kingdom suffered thereafter. Solomon reigned after David and did great things for God but fell into idolatry later in life. If you read the accounts in 1 & 2 Kings and 1 & 2 Chronicles, you’ll find good kings and bad kings. If you were a good king, God’s blessings were poured out on the nation. If you weren’t, the nation suffered. As the king goes, so goes the nation.
Psalm 72 is a royal psalm that concludes Book Two of the Psalter. The psalm begins as a prayer for an earthly monarch, most likely Solomon, but before long we realize that the writer is looking beyond Solomon to the glorious reign of the Lord Jesus Christ. One day, all kings will fall down before Him; every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that He is Lord. He will deliver the needy and the helpless, the fatherless, the widow, the crushed, and the oppressed. The golden era for which the world has been yearning will be ushered in; the groans of creation will be hushed, and peace and prosperity will flourish. Of His kingdom there shall be no end, and all the saints will adore Him.
When King Jesus takes His rightful place on the throne of our hearts and reigns supreme, we will want for nothing. He is the fulfillment of all we could possibly want or imagine. Is it good to be the king? We may never know earthly royalty ourselves, but here’s what I know: it’s better to live with the King than live without Him. Christ is a great King; is He yours?
Further Reading: Luke 4:16-21; Jeremiah 10:1-16
Pray with me today:
Lord Jesus, we hail You today as King of Kings and Lord of Lords, our Bright Morning Star. Throughout eternity I will ever sing Your praises, for You have done great things. Lord, reign in me. Reign in Your power. You are the Lord of all I am. I pray this in Your great name, Amen.