In today’s reading, we find that David is praying this psalm for the purpose of God’s blessing on his bloodline and all who would hold the title, “King of Israel”. At first glance, we might read this in a hopeful sense for David or Solomon. The reality is, as it gets deeper and deeper, the level of justice and righteousness being prayed for is impossible for man to achieve.
So how should we understand this passage?
This is what we can consider a “Christ” psalm, or a “Christological” psalm. What does that mean? It means that it points us forward to Jesus in a fairly clear way. It foreshadows the coming Messiah. It’s the same way that we read Psalm 24:
Who may climb the mountain of the Lord? Who may stand in his holy place? Only those whose hands and hearts are pure, who do not worship idols and never tell lies. They will receive the Lord’s blessing and have a right relationship with God their savior…. Open up, ancient gates! Open up, ancient doors, and let the King of glory enter. Who is the King of glory? The Lord, strong and mighty, the Lord, invincible in battle…
We know that there is only one so holy who can ascend the hill, and His name is Jesus. He’s the only one with clean hands and a pure heart, who has never told a lie, etc. And He is the one for whom the gates of heaven and earth fly open wide.
In the same way, Psalm 72 shows us a picture of our Messiah King in what David prays for, and what a picture it is!
May the king’s rule be refreshing like spring rain on freshly cut grass, like the showers that water the earth. May all the godly flourish during his reign. May there be abundant prosperity until the moon is no more. May he reign from sea to sea, and from the Euphrates River to the ends of the earth. Desert nomads will bow before him; his enemies will fall before him in the dust.
If you are in Christ, you are invited by the Holy Spirit to live a holy, righteous life for the Lord. But let’s be honest: it would be foolish for any of us to bank on our own righteousness for salvation. I am grateful for a perfect Savior who gives me His.
What did God teach you today?
Which verse jumped out to you as you read Psalm 72?
By: Todd Thomas — Worship & College Pastor