Psalm 72:2 He will judge your people in righteousness, your afflicted ones with justice…. 4 He will defend the afflicted among the people and save the children of the needy; he will crush the oppressor.
The commentators feel this psalm is written to Solomon by David but is truly more prophetic of Christ. Prophetically inspired words can have a now meaning as well as a future meaning. Regardless of it’s prophetic implication it is also a letter from a father to a son.
I have written letters to all my children. I felt strongly that I was to speak into their destiny and call in God. I thought I could not let time slip away and never say what I saw for them in Him. I wanted to bless them with hope and promises and encouragement.
David was giving Solomon encouragement regarding the role of a king. A king or ruler is a moral compass for society. He is not a figurehead as we see some monarchies now. The king was to lead the people into righteousness. He was to be fair in his ruling, to defend the afflicted through justice, to save children in need and crush those who would oppress and subjugate people for their own gain. If he lost his clarity, the whole nation would lose its way. Even today you can see that in many of the countries of the world.
It was said of David that he was a man after the heart of God. There is in the Father heart of God a deep and abiding concern for the oppressed in society – the widow, the orphan, the poor, the blind, and enslaved. His kingdom is one of divine justice and blessing for all. His son fulfills this psalm perfectly. He is called Immanuel – God with us. When we read the gospels we see Jesus fulfilling this psalm throughout His ministry. He quoted Isaiah 61 when he was giving the scroll to read in the synagogue in Nazareth. “"The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor." (Luke 4:18, 19)
He has asked us as His disciples to do the same as He did. John 14:12 “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.” As believers we too have kingdom influence upon our world. We can through Him be the barometers for righteousness, freedom, and deliverance to the vulnerable in society.
Prayer: “Father, I accept your word to me that in Christ I am anointed to do what He has done and even more. Help me be an instrument of righteousness in my world now in Jesus’ name. Amen.”