Psalm 72:8-20

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by: FCC Staff

07/06/2022

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“May he have dominion from sea to sea,
and from the River to the ends of the earth! May desert tribes bow down before him,
and his enemies lick the dust!
May the kings of Tarshish and of the coastlands
render him tribute;
may the kings of Sheba and Seba
bring gifts!
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!
May there be abundance of grain in the land;
on the tops of the mountains may it wave;
may its fruit be like Lebanon;
and may people blossom in the cities
like the grass of the field!
May his name endure forever,
his fame continue as long as the sun!
May people be blessed in him,
     all nations call him blessed!

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
who alone does wondrous things.
Blessed be his glorious name forever;
may the whole earth be filled with his glory!
 Amen and Amen!

The prayers of David, the son of Jesse, are ended.” Psalm 72:8-20


For a brief moment in time, the words of this passage of Psalms was reality for the people of Israel. Truly, Solomon was a great earthly king, and the nation flourished under his rule. But just as we read over and over again in Ecclesiastes, it was all vanity, a breath of wind, a transitory situation that was over almost as soon as it began.

You could probably walk the length of Israel in 10-12 days. Imagine dropping off an ancient Israelite in NYC and telling them, “Now walk west for about 3, maybe 4 months. You’ll get to the second largest city in our nation. Then get on a ship and sail west for another month and you’ll reach one of our most distant states. Then sail north for about 21 days and you’ll reach our northernmost state.” It would boggle their mind that such a great nation could exist! We have trade goods coming in from every corner of the globe, vast armies, navies and even thousands of planes flying through the air. They would probably collapse when you point to the moon and tell them, “Yup. We’ve walked around up there too. Not much to see though.”

But for all of Israel's glory and our own, none of it compares in the least to the glories of knowing Christ. All nations will bow and all tongues will confess that Jesus is Lord. We can be thankful for our blessings and be charitable with all we have been given, but we must never lose sight of the fact that despite all that we have and are as a people… our greatest glory is Jesus.

 Prayer for Today:

Father, thank you for blessing my homeland with such unprecedented wealth and influence. Guide us all to live righteously amongst such great wealth and privilege. Help me to see how I can show charity and mercy to others as you would have me do Jesus. By your Holy Spirit keep me humble, that as I celebrate all that I have been blessed with, I never lose sight of my true King and greatest blessing. Jesus. Amen.
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“May he have dominion from sea to sea,
and from the River to the ends of the earth! May desert tribes bow down before him,
and his enemies lick the dust!
May the kings of Tarshish and of the coastlands
render him tribute;
may the kings of Sheba and Seba
bring gifts!
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!
May there be abundance of grain in the land;
on the tops of the mountains may it wave;
may its fruit be like Lebanon;
and may people blossom in the cities
like the grass of the field!
May his name endure forever,
his fame continue as long as the sun!
May people be blessed in him,
     all nations call him blessed!

Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
who alone does wondrous things.
Blessed be his glorious name forever;
may the whole earth be filled with his glory!
 Amen and Amen!

The prayers of David, the son of Jesse, are ended.” Psalm 72:8-20


For a brief moment in time, the words of this passage of Psalms was reality for the people of Israel. Truly, Solomon was a great earthly king, and the nation flourished under his rule. But just as we read over and over again in Ecclesiastes, it was all vanity, a breath of wind, a transitory situation that was over almost as soon as it began.

You could probably walk the length of Israel in 10-12 days. Imagine dropping off an ancient Israelite in NYC and telling them, “Now walk west for about 3, maybe 4 months. You’ll get to the second largest city in our nation. Then get on a ship and sail west for another month and you’ll reach one of our most distant states. Then sail north for about 21 days and you’ll reach our northernmost state.” It would boggle their mind that such a great nation could exist! We have trade goods coming in from every corner of the globe, vast armies, navies and even thousands of planes flying through the air. They would probably collapse when you point to the moon and tell them, “Yup. We’ve walked around up there too. Not much to see though.”

But for all of Israel's glory and our own, none of it compares in the least to the glories of knowing Christ. All nations will bow and all tongues will confess that Jesus is Lord. We can be thankful for our blessings and be charitable with all we have been given, but we must never lose sight of the fact that despite all that we have and are as a people… our greatest glory is Jesus.

 Prayer for Today:

Father, thank you for blessing my homeland with such unprecedented wealth and influence. Guide us all to live righteously amongst such great wealth and privilege. Help me to see how I can show charity and mercy to others as you would have me do Jesus. By your Holy Spirit keep me humble, that as I celebrate all that I have been blessed with, I never lose sight of my true King and greatest blessing. Jesus. Amen.
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