Monday, February 7, 2011

A Prayer for a Son

Psalm 72 is a prayer from David to God about David's son and successor, Solomon.  It's a nice prayer that asks God to give Solomon what he needs to be king of Israel.  The most interesting thing about this prayer is the last verse.  The verse says that this concludes David's prayers.  So does this mean there are no more recorded in the Bible? Did he whisper this prayer on his deathbed?  Whatever the reason, David said a great prayer for his son. 

I pray for my son all the time.  Mostly because I want God to cover him and keep him safe, but partly because Timm is such a free spirit and sometimes he doesn't think before he speaks.  I ask God to keep him safe, help him make the right choices during the day and to be a blessing.  I love my son and hope God's plan for him will be something I will get to see in the future.

Psalm 72

1 Endow the king with your justice, O God,
   the royal son with your righteousness.
2 May he judge your people in righteousness,
   your afflicted ones with justice.
 3 May the mountains bring prosperity to the people,
   the hills the fruit of righteousness.
4 May he defend the afflicted among the people
   and save the children of the needy;
   may he crush the oppressor.
5 May he endure as long as the sun,
   as long as the moon, through all generations.
6 May he be like rain falling on a mown field,
   like showers watering the earth.
7 In his days may the righteous flourish
   and prosperity abound till the moon is no more.

 8 May he rule from sea to sea
   and from the River to the ends of the earth.
9 May the desert tribes bow before him
   and his enemies lick the dust.
10 May the kings of Tarshish and of distant shores
   bring tribute to him.
May the kings of Sheba and Seba
   present him gifts.
11 May all kings bow down to him
   and all nations serve him.

 12 For he will deliver the needy who cry out,
   the afflicted who have no one to help.
13 He will take pity on the weak and the needy
   and save the needy from death.
14 He will rescue them from oppression and violence,
   for precious is their blood in his sight.

 15 Long may he live!
   May gold from Sheba be given him.
May people ever pray for him
   and bless him all day long.
16 May grain abound throughout the land;
   on the tops of the hills may it sway.
May the crops flourish like Lebanon
   and thrive like the grass of the field.
17 May his name endure forever;
   may it continue as long as the sun.

   Then all nations will be blessed through him,
   and they will call him blessed.

 18 Praise be to the LORD God, the God of Israel,
   who alone does marvelous deeds.
19 Praise be to his glorious name forever;
   may the whole earth be filled with his glory.
            Amen and Amen.

 20 This concludes the prayers of David son of Jesse.

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