Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel,
who alone does wondrous things. (ESV)
This week we are focusing on the Way – how God will work out the salvation of His people, despite the overwhelming odds against their salvation. And we’re going to see day by day through this week that faith is required to experience God’s way of salvation.
Today’s verse in Psalm 72:18 calls on us to bless the LORD, the God of Israel, and proclaims that God alone does wondrous things. Why focus on this verse today as we learn about God’s way? There are a couple of reasons.
First, we need to know something about this entire Psalm. It is the end of Book 2, the second collection of Psalms, and it was written to honor Israel’s king. Either David or his son Solomon wrote this psalm, and it describes the type of king that Israel needs to sit on the throne. A mighty king. A just king. A faithful king. A compassionate king. A godly king. A king that Israel will pray for, learn from, and grow closer to God as a result of his rule. A king to whom the whole world will give honor and pay tribute. When a king like that rules with perfect justice and love, the whole world sees God most clearly and worships Him for who He is.
Ultimately, we know Jesus is this King! He is the heir of David, for Jesus Himself says in Revelation 22:16, “I am the root and the descendant of David.” God’s plan is for the whole world to be ruled by King Jesus. That is God’s way forward. That was the expectation of David and Solomon and all the people – for the Messiah to rule them. Yet, by the time of Isaiah, when the people inquire as to what type of King they will get, Isaiah tells them he will be rejected and despised (Isaiah 53). We’ll learn later this week why that would be the case.
But I said there were two reasons why we are focusing on Psalm 72:18 today. The first reason is to meditate on the perfect king and pray for his arrival. But the second reason to focus on this verse is to give God praise for the wondrous things He has done for you personally. What has God done for you? What wondrous things have you experienced through His work in your life?
Think on those things today, cultivate your faith in God’s wondrous works and bless the glorious name of the LORD!