One New Year’s Day, in the Tournament of Roses parade, a beautiful float suddenly sputtered and
quit. It was out of gas. The whole parade was held up until someone could get a can of gas. The
amusing thing was this float represented the Standard Oil Company. With its vast oil res … More
Bible scholars attribute this Psalm to Solomon and say that it describes his reign. It opens with prayer that God would give the king ability to judge righteously (vv. 1-2). It is one thing to be the king and quite another to reign righteously. In the early days of being king, Solomon did reign righteously and was known for his godly wisdom. But judgement and righteousness soon gave way to selfishness and oppression. He failed miserably as the years went on, to relieve the sufferings of the poor. In fact he became a tyrant and an oppressor of the people (vv. 3-4). The words “He will endure” probably brings out the thought that the king’s name or reputation endures for generations (v. 5). The writer states that when a king’s reign is righteous, his rule is refreshing to the people. It is like rain on the soil and the people will flourish and prosper (vv. 6-7).
As the foundations of his kingdom began to crumble, Solomon eulogized the coming kingdom of Christ whose kingdom will be filled with His power.
God desires that all who rule under Him will do so through righteous and justice. I need to understand how the world would change if world leaders would commit themselves to these two qualities. It is my duty to pray for them on a daily basis.
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Psalms 69:1-12Suffering For The Lord’s Sake
Psalms 69:13-21Rescued From Misery And Trouble
Psalms 69:22-36Enemies to be Blotted Out of The Book of Life
Psalms 70:1-5Prayer For Relief From Adversaries
Psalms 71:1-13Prayer For God’s Protection
Psalms 71:14-24Continuation of a Life of Praise
Psalms 72:1-11Prayer For Righteous Judgement
Psalms 72:12-20God Helps Those Who Help Others
Psalms 73:1-09The Prosperity of The Wicked
Psalms 74:1-12A Prayer For Relief From Oppressors
Psalms 74:13-23A Defence of The Truth
Psalms 75:1-10Praising God For All He Has Done