“O God, give your own judicial decisions to the king,
And your righteousness to the son of the king.
May he plead the cause of your people with righteousness
And of your afflicted ones with judicial decision.
Let the mountains carry peace to the people,
Also the hills, through righteousness.
Let him judge the afflicted ones of the people,
Let him save the sons of the poor one,
And let him crush the defrauder.
They will fear you as long as there is a sun,
And before the moon for generation after generation.
He will descend like the rain upon the mown grass,
Like copious showers that wet the earth.
In his days the righteous one will sprout,
And the abundance of peace until the moon is no more.
And he will have subjects from sea to sea
And from the River to the ends of the earth.
Before him the inhabitants of waterless regions will bow down,
And his very enemies will lick the dust itself.
The kings of Tar′shish and of the islands-
Tribute they will pay.
The kings of She′ba and of Se′ba-
A gift they will present.
And to him all the kings will prostrate themselves;
All the nations, for their part, will serve him.
For he will deliver the poor one crying for help,
Also the afflicted one and whoever has no helper.
He will feel sorry for the lowly one and the poor one,
And the souls of the poor ones he will save.
From oppression and from violence he will redeem their soul,
And their blood will be precious in his eyes.”
– Psalm 72:1-14
These are the heartwarming words penned by King David of ancient Israel. They paint a vivid picture of how God understands our lamentable situation and how he is going to relieve us from it.
Although this refers to the kingship of David’s son Solomon, it is prophetic of what God himself will do under the rulership of his anointed Son and King, Jesus Christ. Hence, this song provides foregleams of what is in store for all those who are crying for help, that is, all humans who are suffering. The God of superb mercy and loving-kindness is certainly going to act in our behalf.
What a refreshing and inspiring assurance!