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Sunday, March 12th, 2017 - PM - Praying with Authority for Those in Authority (Psalm 72)

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We must continue to pray for our governments of today, but we ultimately look for the return of Christ to establish His perfect rule and reign.

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Psalm 72 KJV 1900
A Psalm for Solomon. Give the king thy judgments, O God, And thy righteousness unto the king’s son. He shall judge thy people with righteousness, And thy poor with judgment. The mountains shall bring peace to the people, And the little hills, by righteousness. He shall judge the poor of the people, He shall save the children of the needy, And shall break in pieces the oppressor. They shall fear thee as long as the sun And moon endure, throughout all generations. He shall come down like rain upon the mown grass: As showers that water the earth. In his days shall the righteous flourish; And abundance of peace so long as the moon endureth. He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, And from the river unto the ends of the earth. They that dwell in the wilderness shall bow before him; And his enemies shall lick the dust. The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall bring presents: The kings of Sheba and Seba shall offer gifts. Yea, all kings shall fall down before him: All nations shall serve him. For he shall deliver the needy when he crieth; The poor also, and him that hath no helper. He shall spare the poor and needy, And shall save the souls of the needy. He shall redeem their soul from deceit 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: Prayer also shall be made for him continually; And daily shall he be praised. There 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. His 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. Blessed be the LORD God, the God of Israel, Who only 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.

Introduction:

A personal exposition of this Psalm should be a prerequisite to hold ANY office of leadership, period.
Main Thought: Here Follows a Magnificent and Biblical Prayer List for How to Pray for the World's Best Governance-
Sub-Intro: So far, through the Laments of Book two of the Psalter, in studying the Psalmists Lament & Hope of Kingdom Restoration (Pss. 42-45 & 69-72), we’ve experienced Deliverance from Despair (42 & 69), Danger (43 & 70), and Defeat (44 & 71). Now we exult in our Jesus with Delight in Dedication (45 & 72).
Body:

I. Pray for the King (Ps. 72:1-3).

A. There Must Be Judgment with Righteousness (vv. 1-2).

Psalm 72:1–2 KJV 1900
Give the king thy judgments, O God, And thy righteousness unto the king’s son. He shall judge thy people with righteousness, And thy poor with judgment.

B. If there Is to Be Peace (v. 3).

Psalm 72:3 KJV 1900
The mountains shall bring peace to the people, And the little hills, by righteousness.

II. Pray for Justice & Provision (Ps. 72:4-6).

A. The Government Is for the People, not the People for the Government (v. 4).

Psalm 72:4 KJV 1900
He shall judge the poor of the people, He shall save the children of the needy, And shall break in pieces the oppressor.

B. There Must Be a Proper Fear of God (v. 5).

Psalm 72:5 KJV 1900
They shall fear thee as long as the sun And moon endure, throughout all generations.

C. If there Is to Be Provision (v. 6).

Psalm 72:6 KJV 1900
He shall come down like rain upon the mown grass: As showers that water the earth.

III. Pray for Peace (Ps. 72:7-9).

A. When the Righteous Flourish, there Is Peace (v. 7).

Psalm 72:7 KJV 1900
In his days shall the righteous flourish; And abundance of peace so long as the moon endureth.

B. Peace Is Based on God's Precious Promises (v. 8).

Psalm 72:8 KJV 1900
He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, And from the river unto the ends of the earth.

C. True Freedom Is not Without Submission to God's Righteous Authority (v. 9).

Psalm 72:9 KJV 1900
They that dwell in the wilderness shall bow before him; And his enemies shall lick the dust.

IV. Pray for Volitional Tax & Tribute (Ps. 72:10-11).

A. When Tribute Becomes a Gift Rather than a Tax (v. 10).

Psalm 72:10 KJV 1900
The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall bring presents: The kings of Sheba and Seba shall offer gifts.

B. When All the World Nations Become Truly United under God's Banner (v. 11).

Psalm 72:11 KJV 1900
Yea, all kings shall fall down before him: All nations shall serve him.

V. Pray for Deliverance from Social Evils (Ps. 72:12-14).

A. True Welfare - Ministering to Physical Needs among those Persons Who Genuinely Need Help (v. 12).

Psalm 72:12 KJV 1900
For he shall deliver the needy when he crieth; The poor also, and him that hath no helper.

B. Must Be Motivated By the Desire to Meet the Greater Spiritual Needs of the Soul (v. 13).

Psalm 72:13 KJV 1900
He shall spare the poor and needy, And shall save the souls of the needy.

C. Soul Redemption Is the Answer that Will Quiet Violence in the Land (v. 14).

Psalm 72:14 KJV 1900
He shall redeem their soul from deceit and violence: And precious shall their blood be in his sight.

VI. Bless the King (Ps. 72:15-17).

A. By Freely Giving, Continually Praying and Daily Praising (v. 15).

Psalm 72:15 KJV 1900
And 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.

B. Which Brings True Prosperity to the Land (v. 16).

Psalm 72:16 KJV 1900
There 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.

C. And Leaves an Eternal Legacy of Happiness (v. 17).

Psalm 72:17 KJV 1900
His 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.

VII. Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow (Ps. 72:18-20).

A. For His Godhead & Wonderful Works (v. 18).

Psalm 72:18 KJV 1900
Blessed be the LORD God, the God of Israel, Who only doeth wondrous things.

B. For His Glorious Name & Fullness (v. 19).

Psalm 72:19 KJV 1900
And blessed be his glorious name for ever: And let the whole earth be filled with his glory; Amen, and Amen.

C. For the Fulfillment of His Word (v. 20).

Psalm 72:20 KJV 1900
The prayers of David the son of Jesse are ended.

Conclusion:

With the better understanding of what exactly we are asking God to do when it comes to this old world, I submit to you that possibly the shortest way to pray this prayer today is to follow the Lord's instruction to "pray for the peace of Jerusalem" and in essence repeat what John prayed as the canon of Scripture was completed, "Even so, Come, Lord Jesus!"
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