Psalm 72

CM (86.86)
Portions adapted by Julie Tennent from the 1650 Scottish Metrical Psalter

1O Lord, Your judgments give the king; His son Your righteousness;
2With right he shall Your people judge; Your poor their ills, redress.

3The lofty mountains shall bring forth prosperity and peace;
The hills bring fruit of righteousness, to people without cease.

4The people’s poor ones he’ll defend, the needy’s children save;
And those who have oppressed them will be crushed unto the grave.

5He will be feared while sun and moon do last, through ages all;
6Like rain on mown grass he shall be, or show’rs on earth that fall.

7The just shall flourish in his day, and prosper in his reign;
He shall, until the moon’s no more abundant peace maintain.

8His large and great dominion shall from sea to sea extend;
It from the river shall reach forth to earth’s remotest end.

9The desert tribes will bow to him; his foes will lick the dust;
10The kings of Tarshish, and the isles will tribute bring in trust.

To him with gifts the kings will come – Sheba, Seba’s renown;
11All kings and nations will serve him, and unto him bow down.

12For he the needy shall preserve, when they to him do call;
The poor also, afflicted ones, who have no help at all.

13On poor and weak he’ll pity take, and save them from death’s plight;
14He’ll save them from oppression’s force; they’re precious in his sight.

15Long may he live! And giv’n to him shall be all Sheba’s gold;
May people ever pray for him, and daily him extol.

16Let grain abound throughout the land; the hills great produce yield;
Let fruit abound like Lebanon, thrive like grass of the field.

May those from cities flourish and her citizens abound
in number like unto the grass that grows upon the ground.

17May his name evermore endure, continue as the sun;
All nations will be blessed through him; and call him bless’d, each one.

18Now blessed be the Lord our God, the God of Israel,
For He alone does wondrous works, in glory that excel.

19And blessed be His glorious name to all eternity;
And may His glory fill the earth – Amen, so let it be!

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