Psalms: Nourishment for the Soul (part thirteen)
Psalm 72 is one of only two psalms written by Solomon. In it, he prays that he and his royal descendents would rule over Israel with righteousness and compassion. These traits please God, and citizens are inclined to imitate such a king. If Israel practiced such righteousness, God promised to bless her with prosperity and global fame. This would make kings and citizens of other countries aware of Israel’s God and Israel’s ways. They, too, would begin imitating Israel’s just king, and the name of the Lord would be lifted up. These qualities are still worth imitating today while we await our returning King who will rule with absolute righteousness.