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  • Psalm 72

    Book 2 of the Psalter ends with Psalm 72, and brings to a close the collection of the “Prayers of David.” Scattered Psalms of David occur in Books 3-5 as well, but this concludes the organized arrangement of his Psalms in Books 1-2.

     

    The Psalms at the Seams

     

    The Psalms are not just a random assortment of songs, but an intentionally organized and structured set of songs, meant to communicate deep truths about who God is, and why we should worship Him. In particular, the Psalms at the “seams” of the Psalter, at the beginning and end of each book, are crucial in our understanding of the book as a whole.

     

    These Psalms on the seams are where the themes of the Psalter are made the most clear, and we get to see the intent of those who, through the Holy Spirit, organized the Psalms. To see what I mean, read through the Psalms at the bounds of Book 1 (1-2, 41) and Book 2 (42-43, 72), and you’ll begin to see some of these key themes emerge. Expectation of a coming King, hope for deliverance, an eternal kingdom, and praise for the Lord, are present in all of these Psalms.


    Take a look again at Psalm 72, and notice those themes in particular:

     

    Coming King:             “Give the king your justice, O God,

                                            and your righteousness to the royal son!” (v1)

    Deliverance:                “From oppression and violence he redeems their life,

                                             and precious is their blood in his sight.” (v14)

    Eternal Kingdom:       “May his name endure forever,

                                           his fame continue as long as the sun!” (v17)         

    Praise the Lord:          “Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,

                                           who alone does wondrous things.” (v18)

     

    The End of the Psalms of David

     

    Not only does this Psalm (along with the other “seam” Psalms highlight these recurring themes, this Psalm also wraps up the “Prayers of David.” The Psalms of Books 1-2 follow closely with the life of David, from his early wanderings in the wilderness to our Psalm, where at the end of his reign he hopes for the future king, his son Solomon (Ps 72). It is an extremely rewarding exercise to read Psalms 1-72 with 1-2 Samuel open, and following David’s entire life as represented in his Psalms.

     

    Considering Psalm 72

     

    With that said, what else is going on in Psalm 72?

    As Christians we necessarily read all of the Bible with Christ in mind, and this Psalm is no exception! Not only was David anticipating the future king in his son, Solomon, but the future eternal King that would come in the Messiah.

    Jesus, the Christ, the Messiah, is the one who has and will ultimately fulfill all of Psalm 72. He will be the king who will: “judge your people with righteousness … defend the cause of the poor … have dominion from sea to sea … deliver the needy.” Kings will “fall down before him,” prayers will be “made for him continually and blessings invoked for him all the day,” his name will “endure forever, and his fame continue as long as the sun.”  All people will be blessed in Him, and “the whole earth will be filled with His glory.”

     

    That is Jesus. That is our Messiah-King, the one for whom David longed, and the one in whom we trust for our salvation.

     

    Prayer

     

    Jesus, our Messiah, our King, would we always remember that you are far more than the one who saves us from sin. Would we remember that you are a long-awaited and promised king, the one who died that we may have life, the one who will indeed reign over all of heaven and earth. We pray for the day when you will indeed deliver the needy, redeem the oppressed, have dominion from sea to sea, and fill the earth with your glory. We pray in your name, that day would be soon. Come Lord Jesus! Amen.

                                                                    

    Peter Brown

    1. You have inspired me to read Psalms, books 1 and 2 and go into a deeper level of understanding these beautiful books. May the Holy Spirit lead me and open my heart and mind into the content and meaning of each psalm.
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    Friday, September 23rd  •  7–9 pm (EDT)
    Every other week on Friday
    Southshore Bible Church @ IBC
    460 Yonge Street, Barrie, ON, Canada
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      Tuesday, October 25th  •  7:30–9:00 pm (EDT)
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      1. SBC Insights

        SBC Insights

         

        We don’t have to look far in Scripture before we come across an exhortation from the Lord to study, delight, know, and understand, His Word:

         

        All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.

        2 Timothy 3:16-17

         

        This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

        Joshua 1:8

         

        In an effort to grow in our knowledge and love of God’s Word, Southshore has been following the RMM (Robert Murry M‘Cheyne) Bible Reading Plan since January 2021, which will take us through the whole Bible by the end of 2022. To supplement our study, each week we provide a reflection on one of the chapters to be read, written by someone from Southshore. We call these brief reflections SBC Insights.

         

        The hope is that SBC Insights would:

        1. Remind and encourage us to be in God’s Word regularly.
        2. Provide additional Biblical insight and learning outside of Sunday mornings.
        3. Provide an opportunity for discipleship in exegesis and writing, that we might equip more people to “rightly handle the word of truth” (2 Tim 2:15).

         

        SBC Insights can be found on our website at SBC Insights, and will be linked each week in Southshore Connects. New Insights will be posted here each week, starting on September 21.

         

        If you would like to learn more about SBC Insights, or grow in your Biblical knowledge, understanding of hermeneutics and exposition, by becoming an Insight writer, reach out to Peter Brown.

         

        Peter Brown

        1. Psalm 39

          This question must inevitably arise: What is the Christian's response when he or she follows God's commandments but his or her suffering still increases?

           

          Psalm 39 of David points to an answer for this question. Beginning in verse 1, David recounts a prior commitment to remain silent so that in his speech he would not sin against both, his unnamed persecutor and God. Yet, despite keeping this commitment, David's situation only became worse resulting in his anger.

           

          David's responding outburst is characterized by his pleading with God to reveal the length of his suffering. As its basis, David appeals to God's sovereignty and humanity's momentary existence. In a manner of speaking, David is pleading that this suffering not summarize the entirety of his life.

           

          Coming to verse 7, we arrive at this psalm's turning point as David's question, "O Lord, for what do I wait?" demonstrates David's continued faithfulness to God. This faithfulness continues as David's recognizes his own sin and identifies God as the cause of his suffering. This recognition is significant because up until this point David has endeavored to remain innocent. So when David makes this recognition it is not necessarily about his present situation, but instead refers to his overall sinfulness and need for a saviour. As a result, David recognizes God's sovereignty and accepts that he does not see the entirety of the situation.

           

          Despite David's emotions resulting from his suffering at the hand of God, he uses a literary device to demonstrate his faithfulness. This literary device is David's use of personalized bodily language: 1. "Hear my prayer" (v.12), 2. "Give ear to my cry" (v.12), 3. "Hold not your peace" (v.12), 4. "Look away from me" (v.13). This usage of language demonstrates that David whole-heartedly believes in a God whom enters his crises even though he remains upset with God's inaction. This ending note further demonstrates that David's situation has not changed, he continues waiting for God's answer but expresses faith regardless of his situation and his emotions.

           

          Patient faithfulness is difficult yet the Bible is full of examples demonstrating this kind of faithfulness. From Joseph's time in prison to Israel's remnant consistently awaiting the Messiah, examples abound. It is important to consider this psalm in a similar light to these examples because it demonstrates David's in the moment experience. As a result, this psalm demonstrates that patient faithfulness is not bound to emotions. Instead, patient faithfulness is the continuing commitment to return to God in times of need.

           

          Prayer


          O Sovereign Lord, we, like David, will inevitably sin and find ourself under Your discipline. Lord, we will also find ourselves accepting of your discipline while our situation grows worse. May we be so bold as to ask for Your gracious forgiveness while representing the greater sufferings our waiting has caused as David has. Help us as we seek remain faithful and return to you despite our emotions. In Christ’s name amen.


          Bryn Robinson