Psalm 72 – The One Greater Thank Solomon Psalm 72 completes the three psalm sequence that concludes Book II. The third panel in this worship triptych is a royal psalm. The people of God are led to pray for the king, specifically that the king will be endowed with God’s justice and God’s righteousness. They pray that the king will champion the cause of the poor and needy, that his reign will endure like the sun and moon, and that he will be honored among the nations and known for his compassion.
Psalm 71 Resilient Saints To enter into the spirit of this psalm is to embrace the all-encompassing reality of “always” – always trusting, always praising. This is necessary to know the health and wholeness of relying completely on the Lord, our rock and our refuge. This is the all that must not be evaded but embraced by all who desire to please God, because God’s holy claim rests equally on all.
Psalm 70 – Hurry, Lord, Help The human condition is fallen and broken. We are in danger from every conceivable angle, from our own sinful nature to a vast array of enemies who lurk in the shadows to pounce. The cry “save me” has run through Book II as a dominate theme. It is fitting that a quick spontaneous cry for help should bring these deliverance psalms to a clear finish.
Psalm 69 – A Jesus Psalm Psalm 69 filled Jesus’ praying imagination as the Father led him to the cross and then afterwards it gave the disciples a vivid prophetic description of the cross. We pray Psalm 69 today as a guide to the cruciform life we are called to live in Christ. We know that the march to Zion runs through “the miry depths” and “deep waters.”
Psalm 68 – An Ascension Psalm Psalm 68 brings the symphony of praise that began in Psalm 65 to a rousing crescendo. Psalm 68 has a grip on our praying imagination because the apostle Paul used this text to explain the impact of Christ’s ascension (Ephesians 4:7-11).