Prayer for Wisdom (Psalm 72)

This is the first psalm attributed to Solomon, the son of David.  He begins by asking God to give him His judgements and His righteousness.  With them, the king will be able to judge with righteousness and bring peace.  He will effect justice for the poor and destroy the oppressor.  The people will fear God, and He will send His blessings upon the land.  The king will have dominion over all the land, from sea to sea, ruling even over the wilderness.  Kings will bring gifts to the king (Solomon).  The king will deliver the needy when he cries, redeeming their lives from oppression.  There will be an abundance of grain in the mountains and the city shall flourish like grass.  God’s name will endure forever and He will be blessed.  He sums up the psalm with this:

18 Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel,

Who only does wondrous things!

19 And blessed be His glorious name forever!

And let the whole earth be filled with His glory.

Amen and Amen.

This psalm ends Book Two.

While Solomon actually penned this prayer, it states of itself that this was spoken by David, perhaps late in his life, and Solomon merely took down the words.  Aside from authorship, though, we can see this as a wonderful prayer for a king taking office.  With the inauguration of a new president in clear view just a few days ago, it is only fitting to take this psalm as an example and pray for our new president, just as other nations should pray for their leaders.  Those prayers should include the elements seen here: wisdom, justice, authority, favor with other nations, and financial success.  However, the greatest things we could pray is for the leader of a nation to have a heart for God, and for the church to seek for and find revival in this evil day in which we live.

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