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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

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