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O God, to Thine Anointed King: Psalm 72

by admin on May 9, 2010

This text from Psalm 72 is a wonderful Messianic Psalm of the peace, truth, righteousness and justice inherent in the reign of King Jesus.  The modal melody reflects the ebb and flow of the text as a gentle mirror to the lyrics.  We sang this as a congregation for a Psalm of the Month as well as during the Advent season.

O God, to Thine anointed King Give truth and righteousness;
Thy people He will justly judge And give the poor redress.
Then every fruitful mountainside Shall yield its rich increase,
And righteousness in all the land Shall bear the fruit of peace.

The poor man’s cause He will maintain, The needy He will bless,
And He will break the strength of those Who would the poor oppress.
So men shall fear Thee while the sun In daily splendor glows,
And through all ages, while the moon On earth its light bestows.

Like rain upon the newborn grass, That falls refreshingly,
Like gentle showers that cheer the earth, So shall His coming be.
The righteous in His glorious day Shall flourish and increase,
The earth, until the moon shall fade, Shall have abundant peace.

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