Psalm 72 Outline
– David prayed that Solomon will rule with justice and righteousness (Psalm 72:1-4)
– David prayed that Solomon’s reign will be long and prosperous (Psalm 72:5-7)
– David prayed that Solomon will rule with authority and be respected by nations (Psalm 72:8-11)
– David reasoned it is reasonable for God to bless Solomon because he looks after the needy people (Psalm 72:12-14)
– David prayed that Solomon’s name will be famous forever (Psalm 72:15-17)
– David offered praises and thanksgivings to God (Psalm 72:18-19)
– The conclusion of Psalm Book II (Psalm 72:20)
Psalm 72 Summary
In Psalm 72:1-4, David prayed that his son, Solomon, who will take over the throne of Israel, will rule with justice and righteousness. In this way, the afflicted and needy will be defended from the oppressors so that the people will enjoy prosperity.
In Psalm 72:5-7, David prayed that his son, Solomon and rule for a long time like the sun and moon. He prayed that his son, Solomon, will rule in righteousness, flourish, like rain watering the earth, and prosper abundantly till the moon is no more.
In Psalm 72:8-11, David prayed that Solomon will rule the kingdom with authority, and nations will come to pay homage to him by bowing down before him and bringing tributes and gifts to him and serve him.
In Psalm 72:12-14, David reasoned that Solomon deserve all these blessings because he judge the case people brought to him fairly and deliver the needy and weak and rescue them from oppression and violence.
In Psalm 72:15-17, David prayed that the name of his son, Solomon, will be famous forever, and continue as long as the sun. He prayed that he will be a good king so that all the people will pray for him and bless him. He prayed that the crops in the land will flourish during his reign.
In Psalm 72:18-19, David praised God, who does marvelous deeds and whose glorious name is praised forever. David prayed that the whole earth will be filled with God’s glory.
In Psalm 72:20, the conclusion of the prayers of David, son of Jesse, Psalm Book II.
Psalm 72 Bible Study
1. Be fair and do what is right
David reasoned that it is reasonable for God to bless Solomon’s reign because he believe Solomon will be fair and act with justice on the cases that the people brought to him. We must be always be fair and do what is right, then, God will bless us. In Isaiah 56:1, thus saith the LORD, Keep ye judgment, and do justice: for my salvation is near to come, and my righteousness to be revealed. In Micah 6:8, he hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? In Isaiah 85:9, surely his salvation is nigh them that fear him; that glory may dwell in our land. In Isaiah 1:17, learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.