give your love of justice to the king O God and righteousness to the king’s son
help him judge your people in the right way , let the poor always be treated fairly
may the mountains yield prosperity for all and may the hills be fruitful
help him to defend the poor , to rescue the children of the needy and to crush their oppressors
may they fear you as long as the sun shines , as long as the moon remains in the sky, yes forever
may the king’s rule be refreshing like spring rain on freshly cut grass, like the showers that water the earth
may all the godly flourish during his reign
may there be abundant prosperity until the moon is no more
may he reign from sea to sea and from the Euphrates river to the ends of the earth
desert nomads will bow before him , his enemies will fall before him in the dust
the western kings of tarshish and other distant lands will bring him tribute
the eastern kings of sheba and seba will bring him gifts
all kings will bow before him and all nations will serve him
he will rescue the poor when they cry to him , he will help the oppressed who have no one to defend them
he feels pity for the weak and the needy and he will rescue them
he will redeem them from oppression and violence for their lives are precious to him
long live the king , may the gold of sheba be given to him
may the people always pray for him and bless him all day long
may there be abundant grain throughout the land flourishing even on the hilltops
may the fruit trees flourish like the trees of Lebanon and may the people thrive like grass in a field
may the king’s name endure forever , may it continue as long as the sun shines
may all nations be blessed through him and bring him praise
praise the Lord God, the God of Israel who alone does such wonderful things
praise His glorious name forever
let the whole earth be filled with HIs glory
amen and amen
( this ends the prayers of david son of jesse)
no king can be just or express righteousness without God’s help.
no good king can ever claim that title unless he treats the rich and poor with equal amounts of fairness.
the hills and mountains are only fruitful and prosperous because God brings forth fertile produce out of them.
those who oppress the poor must themselves be suppressed of their ability to cause harm to others.
this psalm is by Solomon.
he’s so good at writing metaphors he makes me jealous.
we should never cease to fear the Lord.
we should always have honour and reverence for Him and respect Him both for His ability to make the world and His self control and love to resist sin whenever it attempted to ensnare Him cos He knew the purpose of His life was to save us from the evil lurking around us.
if a king’s subjects are refreshed by his reign that means they must appreciate him being in charge cos he is a generous person who is nice to know, who is everybodys friend who is gracious in defeat and humble in victory, who is loving to his enemies as well as those who lick his feet who is faithful to his wife and always willing to spend time with his subjects even when he is being rushed off his feet with busyness.
those who have Jesus living in their hearts are the only ones in the world who are truly prosperous, to claim to possess peace and joy without HIs presence is purely preposterous .
every king wants to be in possession of a vast amount of land, riches and subjects willing to be dominated.
any king who doesn’t want to own land should probably abdicate cos governing people in a godly way is part of the job.
nobody tried to attack Solomon while he was king, probably cos he married all the daughters of the queens in the lands surrounding him to ensure he had established treaties and alliances with those nations to protect himself from attack.
this was a smart move. worshipping the idols of these foreign ruler’s daughters however was a costly mistake that put his soul in bondage to the enemy of all mankind.
in verse 10 we see direct reference to the queen of sheba paying Solomon a visit.
she is thought to be the dark and lovely brown skinned woman who captured his heart in the book of song of Solomon or song of songs. ❤ one of the greatest love stories ever written apart from Jesus’s death on the cross ❤
Solomon sounds arrogant when he says that all kings will bow to him unless you think that he may be making an allusion or a prophetic utterance about Jesus who is king of kings and Lord of Lords who will cause every knee to bow in worship before HIs throne.
God is our defender even when no one else lifts a finger to come to our aid.
He rescues us from our spiritual and physical weakness. He helps us out in our times of sickness making us well and healthy again. He helps us recover after we give into temptation and want to avoid HIm like the plague cos we are feeling guilty because of our sins…. or else we suppress our guilt and just revel in our wickedness and in both cases don’t want to have anything to do with HIm even though He wants to have everything to do with us and never turns HIs back on us.
God frees us from oppression and violence by either allowing us to die or removing us from the situation that causes us pain and suffering or He gives us the strength to deal with whatever life throws at us. He puts His words in our mouth to help us to fight another day. He helps us to refrain from speaking if need be and helps us to vocalize our inner torment and helps us to speak loud to counteract the lies of the enemy that bind people to remaining slaves of truth’s opposite which is never its reflection in reverse.
the wisest thing Solomon ever said was not what he wrote in ecclesiastics about nothing being new under the sun, though that runs a close second but here when he tells us that just like every single one of us he is in need of prayer for guidance and direction in life.
this is the way we can all help each other. we don’t need money to meet our needs. we just need Jesus.
food and water is not an essential but a want. Jesus is our only true need in the universe. physical nourishment is only a need if we remain breathing without being intimately connected with the king and saviour of the universe.
Solomon was the most financially prosperous king in all of Israel’s history.
he flourished because of his dad’s obedience to God earning him favour by virtue of his family connections.
it also helped that although he worshipped idols he built a temple of worship to Jesus to honour his father’s wishes as his dad was a man of war so God constrained him when he wished to build HIm a house to honour HIs holiness and show gratitude for His continual deliverance from evil, even though He allowed his first child by Bathsheba to die and permitted war to go on during his reign, He gave him many other children and helped him gain victory far more often than he suffered defeat.
even today people know the name Solomon because of the Solomon islands.
in the time of Solomon the people were so prosperous that silver was considered nothing cos there was so much gold in the land.
Solomon was humble enough and correct enough in his thinking to acknowledge that everything he had gained came only because Yahweh the one true God had permitted it.
in this acknowledgment of the roots of his wealth he made both his heavenly and earthly daddies proud.
God gave Solomon a divine revelation when he showed him that the whole earth is filled with His glory.
in fact all creation sings in its own way of the beauty and amazingly ingenious ability of our incredible creator whose beauty defies all ability of the human imagination to grasp and whose kindness is far greater than even the most compassionate human on earth.