We are only halfway through the Book of Psalms but lesson seventy two is a picture of the end of the path. It has been a winding, climbing trail through trials and despair with sometimes views of the road ahead and behind, but the journey was never done until now. There was always the hope of new things to come and a tomorrow with another adventure and the final day of judgement somewhere off in the future.
But the future has a way of turning into the present and the looked-for day will eventually dawn. Today may not be your last, but it may very well be the last chance you have to change your mind about putting off your decision. If there were a last day and it came on this particular one, would you be ready?
72. The Glory to Come
Give wisdom to the King, O God, and give righteousness to his Son; for He is coming to judge your people with wisdom, to judge your poor with compassion. Your glory will be seen in the mountains and it will bring peace to the hills of the righteous. The Son will know the struggle of the poor and He shall save the children of the needy, He will break into pieces the oppressor. All shall fear Him as long as the sun and moon endure, throughout all generations.
He shall come as the rain on the new mown grass, as a shower that waters the earth. In his days truth and justice shall flourish, and peace shall abound as long as the moon lights the sky. His dominion will span the rivers of time from the seas to the end of creation. Even those who live farthest away will bow and pay homage and his enemies shall lick the dust. The wealthiest will bring great gifts and all nations shall serve Him.
He shall deliver the needy who cry out when there is no other help. He shall spare the poor and save their souls, redeemed from the deceit and violence that would take them, their lives will be precious in his sight. As He lives, gifts and prayers shall continually come to Him, He will be praised every day. The world will flourish in his lifetime, a hand full of seed on a mountaintop will produce in abundance, his people will multiply like the grass.
His name shall endure forever, it will continue as long as the sun and men will prosper because of Him. All nations shall call Him the blessing of the earth.
Great be the Lord God, the God of our people who only does wondrous things and blessings be on his glorious name for ever and ever. May the whole earth be filled with his glory. Amen, and Amen.
This seventy second Psalm is the last of the Psalms of King David, written for his son, Solomon. It is also written that this speaks of the Son of Man who was to come and be the salvation of all mankind. Jewish tradition held that the lives of men were renewed through their sons, that the living family was the embodiment of the generations that had come before. It is all these things and more for it expresses the hopes of all who believe in God the Father, the Creator of all that is.
Great is the Lord God, the God of our people, wherever they may be. The whole earth is filled with his glory and only He knows who his people are.