Monday, April 25, 2016

"Give the king Thy judgments, O God,
And Thy righteousness to the king's son."
(verse 1)

This is David's last Psalm written as a prayer for his son Solomon as he was preparing to take the throne.  "It is the prayer of a father for his child, a dying blessing, such as the patriarchs bequeathed to their children.  Solomon prayed...not that God would give him riches and honour, but a wise and understanding heart." (Matthew Henry)

(Matthew Henry)
This is a comfort, isn't it.  Do you have children you pray over?  It is tempered with the fact that "David foresaw all Solomon's grandeur; his justice, equity, and the happiness of the subjects under his government: and his soul has in consequence, sensations of pleasure, and gratitude...But it is worthy of remark, that God did not reveal to him the apostasy of this beloved son.  He did not foresee that this once holy, happy, wise and prosperous man would be the means of debasing the Divine worship and establishing the grossest idolatry in Israel. God hid this from his eyes that his heart might not be grieved, and that he might die in peace." (Adam Clarke)  

"King Solomon exceeded all the kings of the earth for riches, and for wisdom.  And all the earth sought unto Solomon to hear his wisdom.  And they brought every man his present, vessels of silver, and vessels of gold, and garments, and armour, and spices, horses and mules." Think-the Queen of Sheba--(I Kings 5:23-25)  "He had peace on all sides round him." (I Kings 4:24) ("and in Christ too, when the wise men of the east came to worship him and brought him presents.")
David was a man of war.  Solomon was a man of peace.  Jesus, the Son of God, is the Prince of Peace.  Solomon's defining greatness, besides his wisdom, was peace.  However, this was watered down until he allowed the wives he accumulated as marriages uniting other governments for peace, to bring idol worship back to the land.  It was an unwise decision by the wisest man who ever lived.  Hmm.  It should never be peace at all costs.  That is our undoing.   Solomon's reign may be the longest reign of peace in history, but seeds were sown with a harvest of destruction. 

But let us join David for the moment with this prayer and praise,
like the worship song I heard on the radio recently, 
"God in whose hands the spheres go round."
(or something like that).

"Let them fear Thee while the sun endures,
And as long as the moon throughout all generations.
May he come down like rain upon the mown grass,
Like showers that water the earth 
In his days may the righteous flourish
And abundance of peace till the moon is no more.
May he also rule from sea to sea,
And from the River to the ends of the earth."
(verses 5-8)

"May his name endure forever;
May his name increase as long as the sun shines;
(Only Christ endures that long.)
Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel,
Who alone works wonders.
And blessed be His glorious name forever;
And may the whole earth be filled with His glory."
(verse 17-19)

"For what the day devours, the nightly dew
Shall to the morn by pearly drops renew."
Sheep on Sutter Buttes
"And as much as the flocks crop in the long days,
So much shall the cold dew restore in one short night."

As for these showers that water, "The influence of the doctrine and Spirit of Christ on the soul of man shall be as grateful, as refreshing, and as fructifying, as the nightly dews on the cropped fields, and the vernal showers on the cultivated lands." (Adam Clarke)

And a special verse is tucked into this mix of verses,
"And their blood will be precious in his sight."
"That not a drop of it shall be shed, by the deceit or violence
of Satan or his instruments, without being reckoned for."
(Matthew Henry)

Every martyr's blood, every baby's blood when torn apart in his or her mother's womb, shall be reckoned for.  I believe like tears are saved in a bottle, God who allowed His Son's sacred blood to be shed, shall not discount one single drop of innocent blood without an acctounting.  As with Cain when he killed his brother God said, "What have you done?  The voice of your brother's blood is crying to Me from the ground."  How much blood has cried out to God throughout creation. 
Thus, "David being near his death, makes his prayer for his son Solomon, that he may be a just, peaceable, and great king, and his subjects happy under his government.  But this is but the shell of the Psalm: the kernel is Christ and His kingdom, under whom righteousness, peace, and felicity, shall flourish; and unto whom all nations shall do homage for ever and ever." (Adam Clarke)
"The prayers of David the son of Jesse are ended."
(verse 20)

How many sons or daughters are left bereft of their mother or father's prayers when their  parents time on earth is over?  I remember sitting around a dining room table with aunts, uncles, and cousins after my grandmother's funeral when my Aunt Celia said, "Who is going to pray for us now?"   Pray now.  Pray much.

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