How to Hope: Lessons from the Israelites and Their Messianic Expectation, Part 29 (Second Coming Chapel Sermon #244)

TEXT: Psalm 72

1 Give the king thy judgments, O God, and thy righteousness unto the king’s son.

2 He shall judge thy people with righteousness, and thy poor with judgment.

3 The mountains shall bring peace to the people, and the little hills, by righteousness.

4 He shall judge the poor of the people, he shall save the children of the needy, and shall break in pieces the oppressor.

5 They shall fear thee as long as the sun and moon endure, throughout all generations.

6 He shall come down like rain upon the mown grass: as showers that water the earth.

7 In his days shall the righteous flourish; and abundance of peace so long as the moon endureth.

8 He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth.

9 They that dwell in the wilderness shall bow before him; and his enemies shall lick the dust.

10 The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall bring presents: the kings of Sheba and Seba shall offer gifts.

11 Yea, all kings shall fall down before him: all nations shall serve him.

12 For he shall deliver the needy when he crieth; the poor also, and him that hath no helper.

13 He shall spare the poor and needy, and shall save the souls of the needy.

14 He shall redeem their soul from deceit and violence: and precious shall their blood be in his sight.

15 And he shall live, and to him shall be given of the gold of Sheba: prayer also shall be made for him continually; and daily shall he be praised.

16 There shall be an handful of corn in the earth upon the top of the mountains; the fruit thereof shall shake like Lebanon: and they of the city shall flourish like grass of the earth.

17 His name shall endure for ever: his name shall be continued as long as the sun: and men shall be blessed in him: all nations shall call him blessed.

18 Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, who only doeth wondrous things.

19 And blessed be his glorious name for ever: and let the whole earth be filled with his glory; Amen, and Amen.

20 The prayers of David the son of Jesse are ended.

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Billy Graham said, “Our world is filled with fear, hate, lust, greed, war, and utter despair. Surely the Second Coming of Jesus Christ is the only hope of replacing these depressing features with trust, love, universal peace, and prosperity.”

Someone has imagined the convalescent traveler able to sit in the doorway of the inn, earnestly looking up the road. waiting for the return of his deliverer. He could say, “He promised to come again. I know he will keep his word. I want to be waiting and watching for him when he returns.” Is not this the attitude in which every redeemed sinner should be found—daily waiting for “the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and… our gathering together unto him?”

In our last message, we looked at how the hope that we have for the Second Coming based upon the Covenant that God made with King David. That theme continues in our next passage in this series.

Let’s look at some background information about this passage from the Bible Knowledge Commentary: “Two psalms are attributed to “Solomon.” If Psalm 72 is his, it may describe his reign. Also it speaks of the millennial reign of the Messiah. The psalm describes the blessings that flow from the righteousness of God’s theocratic ruler. The psalmist fully expected that the king would reign in righteousness and peace on behalf of the oppressed, and that his dominion would extend over many kings, from sea to sea. The psalmist prayed for the blessing of peace and prosperity, basing his appeal on the fact that the king is a savior of the oppressed and is therefore worthy of honor, power, and dominion. The psalm opens with a prayer that God would give the king divine ability to judge righteously. The psalmist anticipated that the king, ruling in righteousness, would bring prosperity and peace. Also he would judge on behalf of the afflicted and the needy and punish those who exploit the poor. Preferable to the words He will endure is the translation, “You will be feared”. Taken that way, the verse refers not to the human king but to God who endures through all generations. Or if the NIV rendering is accepted, then the thought may be that the king’s name or reputation endures for generations. When a king’s reign is righteous, his rule is refreshing to the people. Like rain on soil, an upright ruler enables the righteous to flourish and prosperity to abound. The psalmist anticipated that his kingdom would extend from sea to sea and from the Euphrates River around the world. People who live in the wilderness would bow before him, and his enemies would be humiliated in subjection (lick the dust). Kings on distant shores would bring tribute to him and bow before him. These kings would come from faraway places, including Tarshish (possibly Tartessus in southwest Spain), Sheba (present-day Yemen in southwestern Arabia), and Seba (in upper Egypt). The psalmist explained that the king was worthy of such dominion (v. 8) and the honor given him because he was a savior for the oppressed. He will deliver the needy and the destitute who cry to him. He will take pity on the weak and rescue them, considering their blood precious to him. Because of his magnificent and righteous reign, people would respond with gifts for him, with prayers on his behalf, and with blessings on him. The people would pray for agricultural prosperity, with grain and fruit in abundance. Lebanon, with its cedar forests, was a picture of a flourishing land. The blessings of such a king’s rule are reciprocal; he blesses the nations (perhaps through trade and peaceful alliances) and they in turn speak well of him. They include words of praise to the Lord God of Israel and the request that His glory be evident everywhere. Verse 20 states that this ends the prayers of David. However, this probably refers to an earlier collection of psalms, because 18 other psalms after this one are attributed in their superscriptions to David.”

Although this passage was written about the reign of King David, there are several things that we can learn from this passage about the coming reign of King Jesus.

First, Jesus’ reign will be a reign of righteousness. The world today, especially the Western nations, are moving away from what God has declared to be righteous. Not only does our society increasingly condone sinfulness, it approves of it and celebrates it. Those who hold to Biblical beliefs on morality are derided as hateful bigots. Our leaders, even the ones who claim to be Christian or support Christian values, are oftentimes morally bankrupt. One satirical website described Christian involvement in American politics by saying “Christians Face Clear Choice Between a Party That’s a Hypocritical Mockery of Their Faith and a Party That is Openly Hostile To It.” But when it seems that society has abandoned righteousness for indulging in sin, we can find hope in looking forward to Christ’s reign of righteousness and find the courage to continue standing firm in support of Christian values.

Second, Jesus’ reign will be a reign of peace. If one keeps up with the news, it seems that the world is constantly on the brink of another world war, or at least a second cold war. While some of this is just fearmongering, the resurgence of Russia and China, the clashes with radical Islam, and the continuing tribalistic conflicts throughout the Third World nations show that the future of the world is anything but peaceful. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, many scholars declared the coming age of international American military dominance to be a “Pax Americana” or American peace. But just 10 years later, 9/11 shattered that illusion. Just as the Pax Romana and Pax Britannica before it, the Pax Americana is coming to a swift end. Many point to the rise of nationalism and isolationism in the US as proof of this, and many are worried about who will take America’s place on the world stage, if anybody. But regardless of what the future holds, we as Christians can take hope by knowing the a “Pax Christi” is coming, a reign of peace that will never come to an end.

Third, Jesus’ reign will be a reign of totality. In our sin-cursed world, many of us fear the rise of totalitarian ideologies. We are worried about the increasing amount of government control and surveillance in our lives, especially when that government could very easily become antithetical to Christianity, like the government of China or North Korea. We worry about the possibility of a one-world government. We have good reason to fear overly-powerful authoritarian regimes, as long as they are run by depraved human beings. But a day will come when we will welcome an absolute world monarchy with open arms, because then the world will be run by the infallible King of Kings. Just as the kings and queens of the ancient world made tribute and gave gifts to King Solomon, the presidents and prime ministers of the future will come from all around the world to Jerusalem pay tribute to the leader of the only one-world government worth obeying. The totality of Jesus’ rule will be a wonderful thing. Not only all crime, but all sin will be eradicated. Peace, righteousness, and justice will be the supreme law of all the lands of the earth. As this contentious election year approaches, take hope in knowing that whoever is inaugurated, there will come a time when all nations will serve the Lord of Lords.

R.G. Staples wrote:

Jesus is coming, is coming again;
Shout the glad tidings, the good news proclaim;
Jesus is coming a King on His throne,
Jesus is coming to welcome His own.

Jesus is coming, redeemed ones, be glad;
Put on the garments of beauty— be clad;
Watching and waiting be, soon He will come,
Come in His grandeur to welcome you home.

Jesus is coming; O sinner, awake!
Free is salvation to all who partake;
Drink at the fountain that flows full and free,
Mercy and pardon are offered to thee.

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Now, if you are not a believer in Jesus Christ, I urge you to trust in Him because He is coming again and you do not want to be left behind. Here is how you can place your faith and trust in Him for Salvation from sin and the consequences of sin.

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the Cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your Salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.

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