Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | June 30, 2016

“Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, Who alone works wonders.”

Today’s devotion comes from Psalm chapter 72.

“Give the king Your judgments, O God,
And Your righteousness to the king’s son.
2 May he judge Your people with righteousness
And Your afflicted with justice.
3 Let the mountains bring peace to the people,
And the hills, in righteousness.
4 May he vindicate the afflicted of the people,
Save the children of the needy
And crush the oppressor.

5 Let them fear You while the sun endures,
And as long as the moon, throughout all generations.
6 May he come down like rain upon the mown grass,
Like showers that water the earth.
7 In his days may the righteous flourish,
And abundance of peace till the moon is no more.

8 May he also rule from sea to sea
And from the River to the ends of the earth.

9 Let the nomads of the desert bow before him,
And his enemies lick the dust.
10 Let the kings of Tarshish and of the islands bring presents;
The kings of Sheba and Seba offer gifts.
11 And let all kings bow down before him,
All nations serve him.

12 For he will deliver the needy when he cries for help,
The afflicted also, and him who has no helper.
13 He will have compassion on the poor and needy,
And the lives of the needy he will save.
14 He will rescue their life from oppression and violence,
And their blood will be precious in his sight;
15 So may he live, and may the gold of Sheba be given to him;
And let them pray for him continually;
Let them bless him all day long.

16 May there be abundance of grain in the earth on top of the mountains;
Its fruit will wave like the cedars of Lebanon;
And may those from the city flourish like vegetation of the earth.
17 May his name endure forever;
May his name increase as long as the sun shines;
And let men bless themselves by him;
Let all nations call him blessed.

18 Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel,
Who alone works wonders.
19 And blessed be His glorious name forever;
And may the whole earth be filled with His glory.
Amen, and Amen.

20 The prayers of David the son of Jesse are ended.”  Psalm chapter 72.

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Although superficially this chapter appears to be a prayer of David for his son Solomon, we should meditate on the deeper and more important meaning of its description of the reign of Jesus Christ.  Christ has these qualities and done these works.

The reign of Christ is sovereign over all the earth.  Verses 8-11.

The reign of Christ brings forth justice and righteousness.  Verses 1-4.

The reign of Christ brings forth lovingkindness.  Verses 12-16.

And, we call Christ blessed.  Verses 17-19.

Other doctrine focuses on man and man’s work.

But, Reformed Doctrine focuses on God and God’s work.

Here is what the Westminster Larger Catechism states:

Q. 45.  How doth Christ execute the office of a king?

A.  Christ executeth the office of a king, in calling out of the world a people to himself, and giving them officers, laws, and censures, by which he visibly governs them;  in bestowing saving grace upon his elect, rewarding their obedience, and correcting them for their sins, preserving and supporting them under all their temptations and sufferings, restraining and overcoming all their enemies, and powerfully ordering all things for his own glory, and their good;  and also in taking vengeance on the rest, who know not God, and obey not the gospel.

“Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel,
Who alone works wonders.”  Verse 18.

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