Thursday, 30 July 2020
Title: The True and Perfect King
Author: Hon Sir Neng

Psalm 72

Living in a broken and sinful world, one can only imagine a perfect ruler. However, it is actually not overly idealistic to hope for a perfect ruler. Due to the repetition of human failure in history, we tend to think there will never be one. However, today’s passage offers a different perspective in light of our seemingly hopeless situation. I encourage you to read through the whole psalm word for word on your own before you continue.

This psalm celebrates and sings about the king which God placed over Israel. God made an everlasting Covenant with David that He will establish David’s Kingdom as an eternal one and his descendants would sit on his throne (2 Sam. 7). This psalm is also prophetic, in the sense that it looks forward to the day where God will establish His kingdom and rule through this king. The end goal of this is for Israel to be a light and bring nations from around the world to know Yahweh (Isa. 2:1-5). This king will also then rule the world.

The first 4 verses sing about the character of the king. Verse 1 says the king is to rule over the people with God-given justice and righteousness. He is to rule by God’s rule instead of his own. As he rules, he ought to rule with the welfare of his people in mind as stated in verses 2-4. That is because God’s people depend on the king for their well-being. Hence, the king ought to rule with God’s justice and righteousness. By doing so, we see the land and people being blessed (v3).

Moving on to verses 5-7, the psalmist sings about the king’s rule. In ruling the people, he prays that the king(s) will fear God through all generations. By doing so, he is being obedient to the terms of the Covenant which God made with David, which will incur blessings upon the nation. The land and people will flourish as God’s blessings fall upon them.

As we come to verses 8-11, the psalmist prays about the king’s rule. He prays in faith that God will fulfill His part of the Covenant, by establishing David’s throne through his descendants forever (2 Sam. 7:13, 16). This portion describes the nature of the king’s rule. It is one that is universal (v8, 11), powerful (v9) and of great blessings (v10). Verses 12-14 echo verses 2-4, where the king is described as one who prioritizes the welfare of his people.

It then goes on to the next stanza, singing and praying for blessings for the king (v15-17). The psalmist rejoices and sings about the gifts and tributes by the queen of Sheba (v15). The land will also be blessed, resulting in abundance of grain, blossoming of fruits and increase in population (v16). This is a picture of great blessing that reminds us of the Garden of Eden.

The king’s name will also endure forever and nations will recognize his rule! This is the fulfillment of God’s Covenant with Abraham, where the world will be blessed (Gen. 22:18). This psalm ends with a doxology, praising God for all that He has done. He alone is the one who does wondrous things (v18). His glory alone fills the whole world through the king.

In light of our present situation (with corrupted rulers), how are we to understand and sing/pray this psalm? First, this psalm reminds us to look in faith to Christ whom the Father appointed to rule over the world in His return. Though there is still injustice and evil in this world, we know Satan’s time is near. The Son of David will crush the head of the Serpent and end all evil with His rule. Christ is the only one who can bring full security, perfect welfare and blessing when He returns, because He is the only King that was perfectly obedient to the Law (compared to other kings!). He has earned the blessings for us!

Secondly, the world will come to know the power of the King that is displayed through the cross and resurrection, which defeated sin and death. As much as we are to celebrate Christ’s Kingship over the world, we are to also bring this Good News wherever we go, heralding the Gospel in this broken world that we live in and through the Gospel, bring them into this Kingdom. His Kingship extends to all kinds of sinners. So then let us herald this Gospel of Grace that calls for repentance and faith in the King who will return to rule us that they may also partake in this blessing which the King brings.

Prayer

As we pray, may we ask God to help us be reminded of God’s appointed ruler, Jesus Christ, who will bring perfect rule in His return and revert all the curses in this world. May we also ask God to take away every worry and help us to look forward to His perfect rule in the future. Lastly, let us ask God to give us the strength to share this Good News to the dying world that they will come to know the perfect King and live under His Kingship as they come in repentance and faith.

每日灵粮

星期四, 2020年7月30日

标题:真正完美的国王

作者:韩思能

*诗篇72*

生活在一个破碎而罪恶的世界中,人们只能想象一个完美的国王。但是,希望有一个完美的国王。由于历史上人类失败的反复发生,我们倾向于认为永远都没有。但是,鉴于我们看似绝望的情况,今天的文章提供了不同的观点。我鼓励您在继续之前先逐字逐句地阅读整个诗篇。

这首赞美诗赞美和歌颂上帝放逐以色列的国王。上帝与大卫缔结了永恒的约,他将建立大卫的王国为永恒的王国,而他的后代将坐在他的宝座上(撒母耳记下7章)。这个诗篇也是预言性的,在某种意义上,它期待着神建立他的国度并治理这位国王的日子。这样做的最终目的是使以色列成为一盏灯,并带动世界各国认识耶和华(以赛亚2:1至5)。然后,这位国王还将治理整个世界。

前四节歌颂国王的品格。第一节说国王要以上帝所赐的公义和正义来治理人民。他应以上帝的法律代替自己的原则。按照他的治理,他应该像第2至4节所述,以自己人民的福祉来治理。那是因为上帝的子民赖以国王的福祉。因此,国王应该以上帝的公义与正义来治理。这样,我们看到了土地和人民得到祝福(第3节)。

转到第5至7节,诗篇中的歌唱者讲述国王的治理。在治理人民时,他祈祷国王将世世代代敬畏上帝。这样,他就顺服了上帝与大卫订立的约的条款,这将给国家带来福气。当上帝的祝福降临在他们身上时,土地和人民将会蓬勃发展。

当我们谈到第8至11节时,赞美诗为国王的治理祈祷。他以信仰祈祷,愿上帝永远通过他的后代建立大卫的宝座,以实现他的盟约(撒母耳记下7:13)。此部分描述了国王治理的性质。它是普遍性的(第8和11节),有能力的(第9节)和伟大的祝福(第10节)。12至14节对应2至4节,其中国王被描述为优先考虑人民福利的人。

然后继续到下一个节,唱歌并为国王的祝福祈祷(15至17节)。诗人对示巴女王的礼物和致敬感到高兴和唱歌(15节)。土地也将得到祝福,导致谷物丰盛,果实开花,人口增加(第16节)。这是一幅伟大的祝福,使我们想起了伊甸园。

国王的名字还将永远存在,各国将认可他的治理!这是神与亚伯拉罕之约的应验,世界将得到祝福(创世记22:18)。诗篇以结尾学为赞美,称赞神所做的一切。只有他一个人做奇妙的事情(第18节)。仅他的荣耀就通过国王席卷了整个世界。

鉴于我们目前的状况(统治者腐败),我们如何理解和颂唱/祈祷这首赞美诗?首先,这首赞美诗提醒我们要仰望基督的信仰,天父任命基督归还基督。尽管这个世界上仍然存在着不公正和邪恶,但我们知道撒但的时代已经临近。大卫之子将粉碎蛇的头,并以他的治理结束一切邪恶。基督是唯一能在他回来时带来完全的安全,完美的福祉和祝福的人,因为与其他国王相比,他是唯一完全遵守法律的国王。他为我们赢得了祝福!

其次,世界将通过十字架和复活显示出的而认识到国王的力量,击败了罪恶和死亡。为了庆祝基督在世界范围内的王权,我们也将把这个好消息带到任何地方,在我们生活并通过福音生活的这个破碎的世界中传扬福音,将他们带入这个王国。他的王权扩展到各种罪人。因此,让我们宣讲这份恩典福音,呼吁人们悔改并相信国王,国王将再次治理我们,使他们也可以参加国王带来的这种祝福。

*祷告*

当我们祈祷时,愿我们请上帝帮助我们,使我们想起上帝任命的统治者耶稣基督,他将带来完美的统治,并逆转这个世界上的所有诅咒。愿我们也请上帝消除一切忧虑,并帮助我们期待他将来的完美治理。最后,让我们请上帝赐予我们力量,将这个好消息分享给垂死的世界。他们将以悔改和信仰来到这里。以便认识完美的国王,并在他的王权下生活。

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