Psalm 72 is one of those “mixed” passages. It refers to a time in ancient history, but it also looks ahead as a prophecy. It is the last written prayer of David, on behalf of his son, Solomon, that the new king would be benevolent, wise in the eyes of God, and, therefore would be a king that protects the homeless, poor and weak. (We could use a Solomon or two in the world today)!
The Psalm also looks forward to the coming of Messiah, the perfect king. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. Rev 22:20
So, David’s words were meant for his son, Solomon – but his words also describe Jesus. Imagine that – a father praying that his son will be like Jesus! A son or daughter could receive no better than that!
Are you praying today for a new pink Cadillac, or better health? Are you praying to win the lottery?
Kinda puts it in perspective to remember what Jesus taught:
Don’t store up treasures on earth! Moths and rust can destroy them, and thieves can break in and steal them.
Instead, store up your treasures in heaven,
where moths and rust cannot destroy them, and thieves cannot break in and steal
them. Your heart will always be where your treasure
6:19 - 21 (CEV)