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PSALM 72: THE UNIVERSAL KINGDOM OF GOD

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They shall fear thee as long as the sun and moon shall endure throughout all generations (Psalm 72:5, KJV)

Today we are going to study Psalm 72 in two sections. The 1st section will be asking a series of questions related to this Psalm.  In the 2nd section we’re going to be looking at Isaac Watts and how his hymns compare or are alike to Psalm 72.

WHO? Author is Solomon (Wiersbe, Constable); David (Wycliffe Bible Commentary)

WHERE? Places mentioned include Tarshish (SW Spain), Sheba (Yemen), Seba (Sudan, was Southwest Egypt), Lebanon

WHEN? Written during United Kingdom, but describes future Universal Kingdom of Christ.

WHY? Hope for Israel and for us.

WHAT? Outline of Kingdom of God by Tom Constable

Kingdom has righteousness, (v.1-4), duration in time (v.6-7), extent in space (v.8-11).

predictions or prayers (v. 12-14), blessedness (v.15-17), and doxology (v. 18-19)

Note: verse 20 is a conclusion for Book II of Psalms. 

REPORT: Biography of Isaac Watts. Lived 1673-1748. He wrote 761 published hymns.

During his lifetime his hymns and his only were sung in the English church. His family disagreed with the English church. His father was jailed three times. Watts was considered one of the greatest preachers of his time. 

Jesus shall reign where’er the sun does his successive journey run. HYMN/VERSE COMPARISON: What verses in Psalm 72 relate to these words from Isaac Watts’ hymn? 

Blessings abound where’er He reigns.

To Him endless prayer and endless praise be made.

People and realms of every tongue dwell on His love with sweetest song. 

Thousands of years ‘ere Christ was born

A psalmist wrote of a future morn,

A universal kingdom ruled by God,

And saints rejoiced where’er they trod. 

A Psalmist’s hope will one day result in everlasting praise.

QUESTIONS

How many verbs in this Psalm are in future tense?

After you read Psalm 72, what do you most look forward to?

Locate on a map Tarshish (SW Spain), Sheba (Yemen), Lebanon, and

Seba (was SW Egypt, now Sudan).