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A prayer for the Messiah's reign

Psalm 72:1-20, Andrew Love, November 26, 2017

Sermon Notes:


  • Looking at Psalm 72 over the next 3 weeks
  • Put your Trust in God
    • Two verses from different Psalms
  • We do not trust in governments to solve the solution of society
    • We trust in God alone to bring righteousness and peace in the nation
    • Example of the Apostle Paul
  • Psalm 72
    • A prayer of David (v22)
    • A psalm of Solomon (v1)
    • It would appear the Solomon is recording David's prayers [as a Psalm]
    • Solomon seeks a righteous reign
    • The Psalm speaks about David's Son [Jesus Christ]
      • Cf v11, 15, 17
  • Overview: (How we ought to pray)
    • A Prayer for Righteousness (v1-4)
    • A Prayer for Christ to reign (v5-14)
    • A Prayer for His glory (v15-17)

A Prayer for Righteousness (v1-4)

  • What are our prayers like?
    • Examples

A prayer for righteousness (v1-2)

  • There is so much unrighteousness in the world
    • Do we have a cry for righteousness in the land?
    • Deut 17
    • A prayer for God's perfect standards to be in the nation
  • Remember Solomon's prayer
    • He asked for wisdom
  • Have you prayed for righteousness not just for the nation but for yourself?
    • Explanation of righteousness in Jesus Christ
    • Bow your knee to Jesus and believe that He lived and died for you
    • Then you will live a righteous life

The effects of righteousness (v3-4)

Righteousness (v3)

  • Peace is going to flow down into a nation by righteousness
    • Picture language
    • If we want people to live in peace and joy, this can only come through righteousness
    • Maybe it is speaking of bandits in the mountains, who should also be saved?
  • The picture builds up
    • v16 - there will be blessing in unusual places
    • The psalm speaks of better times to come
  • Example of Godliness in our nation
    • E.g. Westminster confession of faith
    • Quote from George Whitfield
    • Many Christians think that the world is getting worse but forget the teaching of Scripture
    • We must live with hope and the expectation of better days
  • Maybe you are struggling with other issues
    • Do you believe that God can work even in these areas?
    • Do you believe that God can bring peace into this nation

Justice (v4)

  • God will act in a just manner
    • We must not look to man but look to God
    • Just to the poor and needy

Prayer for Christ to reign (v5-14)

  • This cannot be a prayer just for Solomon
    • It is a desire for Christ to Reign
    • 18th Century - a revival in Wales
      • "But a dawn of a brighter day"
      • There is more to come
    • Isaac Watts Hymn: Jesus does reign
    • Quote from Spurgeon
  • This was David's hope, it is the Bible's hope, it should be our hope
    • The will and shall (v4, 5, 6, 7)
    • Do we prayer with faith?
  • Refreshing showers of blessing (v6)
    • The gospel comes to weary souls
      • Explanation
  • The effects of the gospel (v7)
    • Righteousness and peace
    • A millennial blessing
    • Quote from Samuel Rutherford
    • We don't put our trust in governments
    • Quote from Spurgeon
  • The dominion of Christ's reign (v8)
    • He shall rule from the  east to the west [all the land]
    • Solomon's reign was not all encompassing but Jesus' reign is
    • Ps 86:9
    • Isa 2:2-4
  • The dominion of Christ's reign in mankind (v9)
    • All shall bow to Jesus - either voluntarily or they will be broken
    • Those that reject Him will come under His severe punishment
  • The adoration of God (v10-11)
    • People will come from afar: from the far west and the deep south
    • People will come to offer gifts to Christ
    • A partial fulfillment in Solomon
    • A complete fulfillment in Christ
      • Isa 60:3-4, also v5,9
      • The prophets saw a day when people would come from every nation to worship Jesus Christ
    • All kings shall worship Christ (v11)
    • All nations will worship Christ  (v11-14)

Prayer for His glory (v15-17)

  • Christ lives by the power of an endless life
  • Continual prayer shall be made to and for Jesus Christ
    • We pray for His gospel to prosper
    • We pray for His fame to spread
    • We pray for the multitudes to bow before Him
    • We pray for His name to be lifted up
    • We pray for Him to rule in the hearts of men and women
    • We pray for His glory
  • Daily He shall be praised
    • The world praises celebrities
    • Will the world praise Jesus Christ?
    • Is this the longing of your soul - to prise Jesus Christ?

Closing Remarks

About Andrew Love: Pastor at Tabor Church

Sermon Passage:

Psalm 72:1-20

1Give the king thy judgments, O God, and thy righteousness unto the king's son. 2He shall judge thy people with righteousness, and thy poor with judgment. 3The mountains shall bring peace to the people, and the little hills, by righteousness. 4He shall judge the poor of the people, he shall save the children of the needy, and shall break in pieces the oppressor. 5They shall fear thee as long as the sun and moon endure, throughout all generations. 6He shall come down like rain upon the mown grass: as showers that water the earth. 7In his days shall the righteous flourish; and abundance of peace so long as the moon endureth. 8He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth. 9They that dwell in the wilderness shall bow before him; and his enemies shall lick the dust. 10The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall bring presents: the kings of Sheba and Seba shall offer gifts. 11Yea, all kings shall fall down before him: all nations shall serve him. 12For he shall deliver the needy when he crieth; the poor also, and him that hath no helper. 13He shall spare the poor and needy, and shall save the souls of the needy. 14He shall redeem their soul from deceit and violence: and precious shall their blood be in his sight. 15And he shall live, and to him shall be given of the gold of Sheba: prayer also shall be made for him continually; and daily shall he be praised. 16There shall be an handful of corn in the earth upon the top of the mountains; the fruit thereof shall shake like Lebanon: and they of the city shall flourish like grass of the earth. 17His name shall endure for ever: his name shall be continued as long as the sun: and men shall be blessed in him: all nations shall call him blessed. 18Blessed be the LORD God, the God of Israel, who only doeth wondrous things. 19And blessed be his glorious name for ever: and let the whole earth be filled with his glory; Amen, and Amen. 20The prayers of David the son of Jesse are ended. (KJV)

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