Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
back to: Psalms
Book: Psalms
Chapter: 72

David begins with a Prayer for Solomon. (1) He passes into a
Prophecy of the glories of his reign, and of Christ's kingdom.
(2-17) Praise to God. (18-20)

1 This psalm belongs to Solomon in part, but to Christ more
fully and clearly. Solomon was both the King and the King's son,
and his pious Father desired that the Wisdom of God might be in
him, that his reign might be a remembrance of the kingdom of the
Messiah. It is the Prayer of a Father for his Child; a dying
blessing. The best we can ask of God for our children is, that
God would give them Wisdom and Grace to know and to do their

2-17 This is a Prophecy of the kingdom of Christ; many passages
in it cannot be applied to the reign of Solomon. There were
Righteousness and peace at first in the administration of his
government; but, before the End of his reign, there were
troubles and unrighteousness. The kingdom here spoken of is to
last as long as the Sun, but Solomon's was soon at an End. Even
the Jewish expositors understood it of the kingdom of the
Messiah. Observe many great and precious promises here made,
which were to have full accomplishment only in the kingdom of
Christ. As far as his kingdom is set up, discord and contentions
cease, in families, churches, and nations. The Law of Christ,
written in the Heart, disposes men to be honest and just, and to
render to all their due; it likewise disposes men to live in
Love, and So produces abundance of peace. Holiness and Love
shall be lasting in Christ's kingdom. Through all the changes of
the world, and all the changes of Life, Christ's kingdom will
support itself. And he shall, By the graces and comforts of his
Spirit, come down like Rain upon the mown Grass; not On that cut
down, but that which is left growing, that it may Spring again.
His Gospel has been, or shall be, preached to all nations.
Though he needs not the services of any, yet he must be served
with the best. Those that have the wealth of this world, must
serve Christ with it, do good with it. Prayer shall be made
through him, or for his sake; whatever we ask of the Father,
should be in his name. Praises shall be offered to him: we are
under the highest obligations to him. Christ only shall be
feared throughout all generations. To the End of time, and to
eternity, his name shall be praised. All nations shall Call HIM

18-20 We are taught to Bless God in Christ, for all he has done
for us By him. David is Earnest in Prayer for the fulfilment of
this Prophecy and promise. It is sad to think how empty the
Earth is of the Glory of God, how little service and honour he
has from a world to which he is So bountiful. May we, like
David, submit to Christ's authority, and partake of his
Righteousness and peace. May we Bless him for the wonders of
redeeming Love. May we spend our days, and End our lives,
praying for the spread of his Gospel.