Wednesday, March 19, 2014 (St. Joseph)

Morning Psalm: 72 | Evening Psalm: 119:73-96
Genesis 42:18-28 | 1 Corinthians 5:9—6:8 | Mark 4:1-20
 
Psalm 72 ought to be our prayer about Jesus. The “King” the psalmist talks about in the first verse is our King Jesus, who has sat down at the right hand of God Himself. In His resurrection and ascension, He has triumphed over those who oppress the poor and needy. When asking God to give the king justice (1) and to bless the king (8-11) we know that He has done this already in Jesus Christ.
 
Our King has pity on the weak and needy (13). He redeems us from the oppression and violence which we cannot save ourselves from (14). Jesus can have pity on us because He Himself was poor and needy through His humanity and He has the power to have pity because He was raised up again. He suffered and died, and had the judgment of God poured out on Him for our sake. Then God accepted His sacrifice and Christ rose again. Through this judgment, He delivers us and is our rescuer. He will reign, as the psalm says, from “sea to sea, and from the river to the ends of the earth!” (8).
 
Because of this, we ought to be moved to praise like the psalmist. As the end of the second book of the Psalter, Psalm 72 ends in a doxology, but this also flows from the Psalm itself. Since God gave us this great King Jesus, how much more ought we to praise Him? May the whole world be filled with the glory of the Lord and all earth come under Christ’s gracious rule!
 
Almighty and everlasting God, whose will it is to restore all things in Your well-beloved Son, the King of kings and Lord of lords: Mercifully grant that the peoples of the earth, divided and enslaved by sin, may be freed and brought together under His most gracious rule; who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen (Book of Common Prayer, Collect: Of the Reign of Christ)
 

  

Gregory Williams
MAR Student
Beaver Falls, PA

    

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