Global Righteousness & Peace

There is only one Person who can bring about worldwide righteousness, peace, and happiness. That Person was rejected 2000 years ago, given a criminal’s torturous execution, and His name has been used as a curse-word ever since. When He finally returns and sets this world right, it will be a shock to many… “so shall he astonish many nations; kings shall shut their mouths at him.” They will be shocked because“his visage was so marred [for the last 2000 years] more than any man, and his form more than the children of men” (Isa. 52:14-15). Why should we look to the politicians of this world to bring in righteousness, when this world has “denied the Holy One and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you, and killed the Prince of Life” (Acts 3:14-15)? We know how it will end, when the “kings of the earth set themselves, and the princes plot together, against Jehovah and against his anointed” (Psa. 2:2), when “the kings of the earth and their armies are gathered together to make war against Him that sat upon the horse, and against His army” (Rev. 19:19). All this makes one give up any hope in a corrupted human race. It makes one listen to Isaiah’s warning “Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils; for what account is to be made of him?” (Isa. 2:22) It will then attach my hopes to a foundation that can never be shaken (Heb. 12:27), to Christ who is the Nail fastened in a sure place (Isa. 22:25), and to His Word, “which liveth and abideth for ever” (1 Pet. 1:23).

Being PESSIMISTIC about man’s prospects, and yet OPTIMISTIC about God’s purpose, I can rejoice that one day “the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea” (Heb. 2:14).

This is what comes to mind when reading the great Millennial Psalm written by David for his own son Solomon, but which is prophetic of great David’s Greater Son, the Messiah of Israel, the Saviour of sinners, the King of kings, and Lord of lords. It is a prophetic description of what the Millennium will be like under Christ’s administration. I enjoyed reading it this morning and thought I’d pass it on to you.

Psalm 72

For Solomon.

O God, give the king thy judgments, and thy righteousness unto the king’s son. He will judge thy people with righteousness, and thine afflicted with judgment. The mountains shall bring peace to the people, and the hills, by righteousness. He will do justice to the afflicted of the people; he will save the children of the needy, and will break in pieces the oppressor. They shall fear thee as long as sun and moon endure, from generation to generation.

He shall come down like rain on the mown grass, as showers that water the earth. In his days shall the righteous flourish, and abundance of peace till the moon be no more. And he shall have dominion from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth. The dwellers in the desert shall bow before him, and his enemies shall lick the dust. The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall render presents; the kings of Sheba and Seba shall offer tribute: Yea, all kings shall bow down before him; all nations shall serve him. For he will deliver the needy who crieth, and the afflicted, who hath no helper; He will have compassion on the poor and needy, and will save the souls of the needy: He will redeem their souls from oppression and violence, and precious shall their blood be in his sight. And he shall live; and to him shall be given of the gold of Sheba; and prayer shall be made for him continually: all the day shall he be blessed.

There shall be abundance of corn in the earth, upon the top of the mountains; the fruit thereof shall shake like Lebanon; and they of the city shall bloom like the herb of the earth. His name shall endure for ever; his name shall be continued as long as the sun: and men shall bless themselves in him; all nations shall call him blessed.

Blessed be Jehovah Elohim, the God of Israel, who alone doeth wondrous things! And blessed be his glorious name for ever! and let the whole earth be filled with his glory! Amen, and Amen.

The prayers of David the son of Jesse are ended.

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