Messiah-He Shall Reign Forever!

Harry Buis

READ : Psalm 72:1-11

The Hebrew word “Messiah” is the equivalent of the Greek word “Christ” and of the English word “anointed.” Old Testament passages that make reference to Christ are therefore called “Messianic.”

This Psalm has a Messianic theme. It assures us that our prosperity and good welfare depend on the justice of those who rule us.

Hymn writers have recognized the Messianic connection. Isaac Watts’

Jesus Shall Reign

as well as James Montgomery’s

Hail to the Lord’s Anointed

express the magnificent rule of Christ our anointed King as reflected in Psalm 72.

The Psalm is both a prayer for King Solomon and a looking forward to the perfect king who has come in the person of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The first part of the Psalm focuses on righteousness. Christ our king is righteous. He is just and fair. He is coming again at the end of human history to set all things straight, to bring an unrighteous world to account before him. Let us submit to him by being absolutely honest. Let us take courage in a world filled with so much injustice. It will not always be so! Jesus shall reign!

PRAYER

Father, we praise you for your Son, who, with you, rules the world and will come to usher in a new heaven and a new earth “wherein dwells righteousness.” Amen.