Psalm 72 is one of the many psalms of David. At first glance, this psalm appears to be a prayer for King Solomon, but it has much more depth and significance. Psalm 72:1-14 is a meditative passage that speaks to the power of kingship, justice, and mercy—all topics relevant in our modern day. In this devotional, we will explore these themes in further detail and think about what they mean for us today.
Psalm 72:1-14 reads: “Endow the king with your justice, O God, the royal son with your righteousness. May he judge your people in righteousness, your afflicted ones with justice. May the mountains bring prosperity to the people, the hills the fruit of righteousness. May he defend those suffering from oppression; may he save them from their oppressors.” (NIV) The theme of this passage is justice and mercy in government. The psalmist is asking God to impart His justice upon the king and his people, providing safety for those who are oppressed by evil rulers or forces. He also prays for economic stability—that mountains and hills should bring prosperity rather than sadness or desolation to its inhabitants.
Meaning for Today
The lessons contained in Psalm 72:1-14 can be applied to our lives today as well. On a national level, we must be mindful when it comes to liberty and justice for all citizens—regardless of race, gender or sexuality—and strive towards equality in all matters of law enforcement and government policy making. On an individual level, we must also seek harmony and peace above all else—showing mercy towards those who have done us wrong while holding ourselves accountable through self-discipline and self-regulation. Ultimately, our goal should be to strive towards a world where everyone lives together peacefully under just laws that protect their rights as human beings and respect their dignity as persons created in God’s image.
Questions for Personal Reflection
• How does my lifestyle reflect my commitment to justice? • How am I working towards creating an environment where everyone can live freely and safely?
• What areas do I need improvement on when it comes to showing mercy?
Dear Lord, thank You for giving us examples like Psalm 72:1-14 that remind us of Your loving nature and desire for true justice on Earth as it is in Heaven. Help us all work together so that no one person or group has too much power over another person or group; equip us with wisdom so that we can show mercy even when it feels like there isn’t any left inside of us; teach us how best to use our collective voice against injustice whenever possible; give us what we need each day so that we can walk out into this world with courage regardless of circumstances happening around us; help us live up to Your standard so that true peace may reign among nations everywhere – Amen!