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Psalm 72: Give the king your judgements

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David wrote this psalm for his son, Solomon. One wonders if David also wrote other blessings for his other children. There is no record of other blessings, but that doesn't mean the other children weren't blessed. It's possible the psalm collectors didn't include those other blessing psalms.

Even if he blessed only Solomon. How many Christian parents are brave enough to bless their children? Yet, often children are cursed. Parents will often say to their child, "You are like your grandmother or you are like my sibling." Children are often compared to other relatives with certain flaws. Or parents will say such curses as, "this illness runs in our families" or "bad marriages run in our families" or "you're as gullible as your uncle." Such words rarely do one's children any good.

The patriarchs understood the power of words, especially words repeated frequently. They gave blessings to their children and took care not to curse them.

If one cannot give a list of specific blessings, one can use the blessings written in the Law: "The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make His face to shine upon you. The Lord unveil His face upon you and give you peace."

1{A Psalm for Solomon.} Give the king thy judgments, O God, and thy righteousness unto the king's son.

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

3The mountains shall bring peace to the people, and the little hills, by righteousness.

4He shall judge the poor of the people, he shall save the children of the needy, and shall break in pieces the oppressor.

5They shall fear thee as long as the sun and moon endure, throughout all generations.

6He shall come down like rain upon the mown grass: as showers that water the earth.

7In his days shall the righteous flourish; and abundance of peace so long as the moon endureth.

8He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth.

9They that dwell in the wilderness shall bow before him; and his enemies shall lick the dust.

10The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall bring presents: the kings of Sheba and Seba shall offer gifts.

11Yea, all kings shall fall down before him: all nations shall serve him.

12For he shall deliver the needy when he crieth; the poor also, and him that hath no helper.

13He shall spare the poor and needy, and shall save the souls of the needy.

14He shall redeem their soul from deceit and violence: and precious shall their blood be in his sight.

15And he shall live, and to him shall be given of the gold of Sheba: prayer also shall be made for him continually; and daily shall he be praised.

16There shall be an handful of corn in the earth upon the top of the mountains; the fruit thereof shall shake like Lebanon: and they of the city shall flourish like grass of the earth.

17His name shall endure for ever: his name shall be continued as long as the sun: and men shall be blessed in him: all nations shall call him blessed.

18Blessed be the LORD God, the God of Israel, who only doeth wondrous things.

19And blessed be his glorious name for ever: and let the whole earth be filled with his glory; Amen, and Amen.

20The prayers of David the son of Jesse are ended.

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