Psalms 72: Follow Your Heart? Probably not.

I would have to assume that David was the author of Psalms 72 because it is specifically addressed to his son Solomon. It is interesting what David asks for right at the beginning, and it seems as if there was something very prophetic about these words.

Psa 72:1  A Psalm for Solomon. Give the king thy judgments, O God, and thy righteousness unto the king’s son.

Psa 72:2  He shall judge thy people with righteousness, and thy poor with judgment.

David knew that his son would be king, and he wanted God to provide him with righteousness. First, this implies that humans need righteousness to be imparted from God, and we can see that in many instances throughout the Bible. However, notice how David says he is going to use that righteousness.

He is going to judge his people with righteousness. When Solomon had the opportunity to ask God for whatever he desired, what did he ask for?

1Ki 3:9  Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?

He wanted wisdom so that he could judge the people well. He knew that he could not do it on his own because there were so many people in the nation of Israel, and he was only one person. He needed the wisdom that comes directly from God.

It is interesting that that is exactly what David wanted God to give his son. We have two people here who both sought to follow God with all their hearts, and they knew the importance of trusting in God while making decisions.

Both of them seem to stress that God helps us make decisions. From a basic theological perspective, that makes an awful lot of sense. If we are separated from God because of our sin nature, it seems to me our sinful hearts might not provide us with the most reliable advice when we are trying to make decisions. Would you want to trust something that is faulty?

If we can’t rely on our own hearts, we should be looking somewhere else, and as Christians, we look towards God. Like David and Solomon, we need to look towards the one who is actually righteous. I have been working on trying to memorize Bible verses lately, and here are a pair that had come up to review the other day.

Pro 3:5  Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

Pro 3:6  In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Trust in God rather than yourself.

About Zak Schmoll

Zak Schmoll is the founder of Entering the Public Square, and Managing Editor of An Unexpected Journal. He earned his MA in Apologetics at Houston Baptist University and is currently a PhD student in Humanities at Faulkner University. His work has been featured on several websites including The Federalist, Public Discourse and the Fourth World Journal.

Posted on January 23, 2014, in Psalms and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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