In first reading, Psalm 72 looks like many of the others. It proclaims the king and His son and speaks of justice for the poor. However, in closer examination, we can see that this particular song isn’t about the present, but about the future.

5 Let them fear You while the sun endures,
And as long as the moon, throughout all generations.

This Psalm is taking about the Messiah. He’s the one who will rule His kingdom until the sun and the moon are no more.

4 May he vindicate the afflicted of the people,
Save the children of the needy
And crush the oppressor.

He’s the only one who can rid the poor of their plight and give them justice. Government can’t do that, not even well-meaning people can do that. Jesus told us that the poor would always be among us. (John 12:8) (That doesn’t, by the way, absolve us from showing mercy and helping the poor. If Jesus, the Messiah, loves the poor, and we are His followers, there is no excuse for ignoring the poor, the poor in spirit or the afflicted.)

I’m struck here in Psalm 72 by the Holy Spirit’s presence in this kingdom. Peace and wealth reign yet they are still longing for another day, the day of Messiah’s reign. It;s one thing to lean on Jesus when we’re crippled by circumstances, but it’s another to lean on Him when the sun is shining and all is well.

In 2 Corinthians, Paul talks about abounding in every season and the fact that we must recognize whether it is a sowing season of a reaping season. In either case, we are dependent upon the Master.

So, dear reader, I pray that this day sees you with the Messiah whether it be peace time or war, whether you abase or abound, whether you are well or sick. I pray that He will bless you continually.

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