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A Psalm (72) for the Lord’s Day – God is for the Oppressed

UPDATE Sept 2021: I have come to believe that Jeff Crippen does not practise what he preaches. He vilely persecuted an abuse victim and spiritually abused many other people in the Tillamook congregation. Go here to read the evidence. Jeff has not gone to the people that he spiritually and emotionally abused. He has not apologised to them, let alone asked for their forgiveness.

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I have been studying the themes set out in Genesis 1-3 and tracking them right on through the Bible.  Adam and Eve were to be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth with the image-bearers of God.  They didn’t of course, but Christ – the last Adam – is and will.  Those image-bearers are US.  This Psalm speaks of that coming great reign of King Jesus that will never, never end and it speaks about how in His righteousness he will crush the oppressor and make him lick the dust (a clear reference to and fulfillment of the curse put upon the Serpent in Eden).

So read this Psalm and be particularly encouraged by the Lord’s particular love for the oppressed, and by His particularly wrathful hatred for the oppressor:

Psalms 72:1-20
(1) Of Solomon. Give the king your justice, O God, and your righteousness to the royal son!
(2) May he judge your people with righteousness, and your poor with justice!
(3) Let the mountains bear prosperity for the people, and the hills, in righteousness!
(4) May he defend the cause of the poor of the people, give deliverance to the children of the needy, and crush the oppressor!
(5) May they fear you while the sun endures, and as long as the moon, throughout all generations!
(6) May he be like rain that falls on the mown grass, like showers that water the earth!
(7) In his days may the righteous flourish, and peace abound, till the moon be no more!
(8) May he have dominion from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth!
(9) May desert tribes bow down before him, and his enemies lick the dust!
(10) May the kings of Tarshish and of the coastlands render him tribute; may the kings of Sheba and Seba bring gifts!
(11) May all kings fall down before him, all nations serve him!
(12) For he delivers the needy when he calls, the poor and him who has no helper.
(13) He has pity on the weak and the needy, and saves the lives of the needy.
(14) From oppression and violence he redeems their life, and precious is their blood in his sight.
(15) Long may he live; may gold of Sheba be given to him! May prayer be made for him continually, and blessings invoked for him all the day!
(16) May there be abundance of grain in the land; on the tops of the mountains may it wave; may its fruit be like Lebanon; and may people blossom in the cities like the grass of the field!
(17) May his name endure forever, his fame continue as long as the sun! May people be blessed in him, all nations call him blessed!
(18) Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, who alone does wondrous things.
(19) Blessed be his glorious name forever; may the whole earth be filled with his glory! Amen and Amen!
(20) The prayers of David, the son of Jesse, are ended.

6 Comments

  1. Please change the world for our children.

    • Anon

      Amen Diana!
      One day at time… one child at a time.

  2. vs 4 “May he defend the cause of the poor of the people, give deliverance to the children of the needy, and crush the oppressor!”

    This Psalm is comforting as it highlights God’s protection for the oppressed and His wrath against the oppressor. Jeremiah 22:15-16 equates bringing “justice and righteousness” to the “poor and needy” with “knowing Me [God]” (ESV Study notes from Ps 9:18) A mark of a true believer in God, esp those in positions of power and authority (i.e. kings, or perhaps even pastors…), is one who defends the needy and brings justice for the oppressed.

    • Yes indeed, BSD.
      A little known fact is that the sin of Sodom was not only the lauding of homosexuality and sexualised violence. Sodom was also punished for its pride, hedonism, and neglect of the poor and the needy:

      Behold, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had pride, excess of food, and prosperous ease, but did not aid the poor and needy. They were haughty and did an abomination before me. So I removed them, when I saw it. (Ezek. 16:49)

  3. Wow, Barb. I didn’t know that. May God give us spiritual sight to see the needy and not shut our hearts up to them no matter the cost.

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