Psalms 72* David begins with a prayer for Solomon. (1) He passes into aprophecy of the glories of his reign, and of Christ's kingdom.(2-17) Praise to God. (18-20)1 This psalm belongs to Solomon in part, but to Christ morefully and clearly. Solomon was both the king and the king's son,and his pious father desired that the wisdom of God might be inhim, that his reign might be a remembrance of the kingdom of theMessiah. It is the prayer of a father for his child; a dyingblessing. The best we can ask of God for our children is, thatGod would give them wisdom and grace to know and to do theirduty. 2-17 This is a prophecy of the kingdom of Christ; many passagesin it cannot be applied to the reign of Solomon. There wererighteousness and peace at first in the administration of hisgovernment; but, before the end of his reign, there weretroubles and unrighteousness. The kingdom here spoken of is tolast as long as the sun, but Solomon's was soon at an end. Eventhe Jewish expositors understood it of the kingdom of theMessiah. Observe many great and precious promises here made,which were to have full accomplishment only in the kingdom ofChrist. As far as his kingdom is set up, discord and contentionscease, in families, churches, and nations. The law of Christ,written in the heart, disposes men to be honest and just, and torender to all their due; it likewise disposes men to live inlove, and so produces abundance of peace. Holiness and loveshall be lasting in Christ's kingdom. Through all the changes ofthe world, and all the changes of life, Christ's kingdom willsupport itself. And he shall, by the graces and comforts of hisSpirit, come down like rain upon the mown grass; not on that cutdown, but that which is left growing, that it may spring again.His gospel has been, or shall be, preached to all nations.Though he needs not the services of any, yet he must be servedwith the best. Those that have the wealth of this world, mustserve Christ with it, do good with it. Prayer shall be madethrough him, or for his sake; whatever we ask of the Father,should be in his name. Praises shall be offered to him: we areunder the highest obligations to him. Christ only shall befeared throughout all generations. To the end of time, and toeternity, his name shall be praised. All nations shall call HIMblessed. 18-20 We are taught to bless God in Christ, for all he has donefor us by him. David is earnest in prayer for the fulfilment ofthis prophecy and promise. It is sad to think how empty theearth is of the glory of God, how little service and honour hehas from a world to which he is so bountiful. May we, likeDavid, submit to Christ's authority, and partake of hisrighteousness and peace. May we bless him for the wonders ofredeeming love. May we spend our days, and end our lives,praying for the spread of his gospel
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