For he delivers the needy when he calls,
the poor and him who has no helper.
He has pity on the weak and the needy,
and saves the lives of the needy.
From oppression and violence he redeems their life,
and precious is their blood in his sight. (Psalm 72:12-14 ESV)
Yesterday we noted how Solomon asked for wisdom that he might govern God’s people well. Now we see a Psalm written to describe what that looks like. There is much in the psalm about wealth and the extent of the king’s reign. He is a blessing to all the nations around him. He does not seek power for himself but justice and freedom for the oppressed. Does this sound familiar? It should. This is a foretaste of the new heavens and the new earth. Solomon is a type of Christ. He is not a perfect type, however. He was soon corrupted by his power and the many wives he had taken, who brought with them their foreign gods. Christ will not be corrupted by His bride, for she is being washed even now and prepared for her husband. She is the church.