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David Says His Final Prayer For Solomon (Daily Portion 10111)

Scripture Passage: 
Psalm 72:1-20

In this psalm, David blesses his son Solomon and says a final prayer for him.  But much of what he says also points to Jesus Christ, making this a Messianic Psalm as well.

What Does It Say?

  1. The ______________ shall bring peace to the people.
  2. The king’s son shall come down like _________ upon the mown __________.
  3. Because of his dominion, his enemies shall lick the _________.
  4. He redeems the needy because their _________ is precious in his sight.
  5. The Lord is praised: “blessed be his glorious _________ for ever.”

What Does It Mean?

  1. The first verse of this psalm refers to the king and the king’s son.  Initially, this is David and Solomon.  However, many of the things said in the body of the psalm obviously point to another one—the Son of God, Jesus Christ.  Since it prophesies of Christ, this is called a messianic psalm.  Carefully read verses 2-17 and see which statements easily refer to Jesus Christ.
  2. The psalmist declares, “There shall be an handful of corn in the earth upon the top of the mountains; the fruit thereof shall shake like Lebanon” (v.16).  How is this a powerful picture of prosperity?
  3. Psalms is traditionally divided into five books.  These books are ended by very strong Amen’s—like the double Amen of verse 1: “Amen, and Amen.”  This particular psalm may also be the last one written by David since with it the “prayers of David the son of Jesse are ended” (v.20).  Why is this psalm a proper close to the second book of Psalms and to David’s life?

What Does It Mean to Me?

  1. This psalm refers to the “needy” four times.  The king’s son will save the children of the needy (v.4), deliver the needy when he cries (v.12), spare the needy (v.13), and save the souls of the needy (v.13).  In what ways are all of us needy before God?  How can the things said about the needy in this psalm be applied to us spiritually?
  2. The psalmist blesses the Lord God “who only doeth wondrous things” (v.18).  Why is God the ONLY one who does wondrous things?  What are some of the wondrous things God has done for you?
Daily Proverb

Proverbs 18:17

He that is first in his own cause seemeth just; but his neighbour cometh and searcheth him.