Reading through Psalm 72 this morning, these scriptures stood out to me in a whole new way. You know how it is, maybe you’ve read a passage a 100 times or more, but for the first time something clicks and you read everything with fresh eyes.
I was studying this first portion. “A Psalm of Solomon.” And came across a translation where the author actually says that the literal translation is, “APsalm for Solomon.” Previously I had understood that Solomon had written this to commemorate the passing of King David, his Father. However, when I read that possibly it was David himself that had written this prior to his death, it made me wonder… Could it be that this was the final prophetic words of blessing delivered by King David over his son Solomon, the future King?
“A Psalm of Solomon. Give the king Your judgments, O God, and Your righteousness to the king’s Son. He will judge Your people with righteousness, and Your poor with justice. The mountains will bring peace to the people, and the little hills, by righteousness. He will bring justice to the poor of the people; He will save the children of the needy, and will break in pieces the oppressor. They shall fear You as long as the sun and moon endure, throughout all generations. He shall come down like rain upon the grass before mowing, like showers that water the earth. In His days the righteous shall flourish, and abundance of peace, until the moon is no more. He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth. Those who dwell in the wilderness will bow before Him, and His enemies will lick the dust. The kings of Tarshish and of the isles will bring presents; the kings of Sheba and Seba will offer gifts. Yes, all kings shall fall down before Him; all nations shall serve Him. For He will deliver the needy when he cries, The poor also, and him who has no helper.
He will spare the poor and needy, and will save the souls of the needy. He will redeem their life from oppression and violence; and precious shall be their blood in His sight. And He shall live; and the gold of Sheba will be given to Him; prayer also will be made for Him continually, and daily He shall be praised.There will be an abundance of grain in the earth, on the top of the mountains; its fruit shall wave like Lebanon; and those of the city shall flourish like grass of the earth. His name shall endure forever; His name shall continue as long as the sun. And men shall be blessed in Him; all nations shall call Him blessed. Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, who only does wondrous things! And blessed be His glorious name forever! And let the whole earth be filled with His glory. Amen and Amen. The prayers of David the son of Jesse are ended.”—Psalm 72
Whatever the case may be, whether David wrote it, or Solomon, these prophetic words reach into the atmosphere and render the heavens. They foresee the salvation of all mankind, through a revelation of a coming Messiah.
Imagine what it must have been like for David to sit from his throne in Jerusalem, remembering the humble beginnings of sheepherding. This mighty man rose to power because of his trust in his God—not only leaving a legacy to his son, but also to the entire nation of Israel. In fact, it is his lineage that brought about the true King of Israel, Yeshua, our Messiah. One man’s faithfulness to the God of Israel gave hope to all of humanity. What a phenomenal testimony. And still, at the end of it all, he or his son Solomon refers to the great King David, simply as, “David, the son of Jesse.”
So many of us have come from humble beginnings. Possibly not even humble… maybe destitute and dysfunctional would better describe the circumstances of our early lives. And yet, through God’s mercy and His greatness, He has reached down and pulled us up out of those places into His high calling—empowering each one of us to fulfill a purpose and a destiny through Him.
Still, when I come to the end of my life, I pray that I might look back and remember that although God may have done amazing things through me, it was Him and Him alone who made it possible.
What a tremendous revelation these last few words have brought us, “David, the son of Jesse.” May we never forget the greatness of our God, or fail to recall His faithfulness to us.