Jesus my King

Scripture: Psalm 72:13, ‘He will take pity on the weak and the needy and save the needy from death.’

 

Observations: Psalm 72 is another Messianic Psalm, which means that while it speaks about the king, it also refers to the ultimate king, the Messiah. In terms of Israel’s king it is a prayer asking God to ‘endow the king with your justice and righteousness. (v1)’ The king is to ‘defend the afflicted, (v4)’ and ‘take pity on the weak and the needy and save them from death.’ A king after God’s heart cares for the weak and needy, and acts to ‘rescue them from oppression and violence. (v14)’ This desire isn’t a duty, rather they are ‘precious in his sight. (v14)’ It’s only a king who seeks to honour God who will be blessed by God. God’s blessing is spoken of in terms of ‘prosperity to the people, (v3,7)’ the king’s rule ‘enduring through all generations, (v5)’ and his rule extending ‘to the ends of the earth, (v8)’ and finally ‘all nations will be blessed through him. (v17)’ The Psalmist quotes the fulfilment of God’s promise to Abraham (Gen 12:3). Ultimately, these things are fulfilled in Jesus Christ. It is Jesus who took pity of  the weak and needy and saved them from death, and not just those whom he ministered to during his earthly life, but ultimately all those who were lost in their sin through his death on the cross. Jesus saved us from the second death and gave us eternal life.

 

Application: Because Jesus is the Messiah, the Christ, he is the King. And like in Psalm 72 his rule is characterized by justice and care for the weak and needy. The question is: is Jesus your King? Has Jesus rescued you from your sin and blessed you with eternal life? In Christ Psalm 72 goes from an ideal earthly kingdom to a picture of heaven, where God blesses his people and they praise ‘his glorious name forever. (v19)’

 

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, You promised to send a King who would do more than just bless us in this short life, but who would bless us for all eternity. You promised a King who would not just rule, but who would rule with justice and compassion. And Lord, that King is none other than Your Son, Jesus Christ, who died for me and rose to give me life. In Jesus I know Your justice and mercy. In Jesus I see Your love and grace. So Lord, I praise Your glorious name, as I serve Jesus and bow before Him as King. In His name I pray. Amen.

 

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