2. The Actions of a Godly Ruler Psalm 72:4-12

Text: “Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt three bringeth forth evil fruit.  A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit…Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.”

Matthew 7:17-20.

          “For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil.  Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power?  Do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: for he is the minister of God to thee for good.  But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword (of justice) in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.  Wherefore ye must needs be a subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.”

Romans 13:3-5.

Good morning, Spiritually discerning Christian!  When you read your Holy Bible, you read it to find out the Lord God’s way of living for you as a member of ‘His people’, the true church of God – international and universal, Spiritually regenerate, Bible-believing servants of the Living Jesus Christ. 

You are not merely a dead and dried bone sinner, you are a sinner saved by God’s Sovereign grace, quickened (made alive) by God the Holy Spirit; and redeemed by the sinless and Holy Blood of the risen and victorious Lord of all lords, King Jesus Christ!  Praise and glory to His righteous and gracious Name!  (Read Ezekiel 37:1-10 with John 3:3-8)

In the Lord God’s infinite grace and mercy, you and I are called to be diligent in obeying every law of His earthly ministers; ministers (or Government politicians) that are, in turn, called to legislate, promote, and uphold GODLY LAWS, based on God’s way of living, according to His will revealed in the Ten Commandments given to Moses on Mount Sinai. (See and revisit Exodus 20:1-17)

Spiritually discerning Christians, shall at all times be conscious of our need to evaluate the temporal laws made, often by ungodly Government ministers, sometimes atheists, to see if the temporal laws being legislated and promoted are commensurate with God’s righteous laws given – and if the laws made by man are contrary to the Law of God, we genuine Christians are NOT bound by them, to either obey them, or to permit their authority over us!

Scriptural Authority: “Then came one and told them (the high priest and religious rulers), saying, Behold, the men whom ye put in prison (Christ’s disciples) are standing in the temple, and teaching the people.  Then went the captain with the officers, and brought them without violence: for they feared the people, lest they should have been stoned.  And when they had brought them, they set them before the council: and the high priest asked them, saying, Did not we straitly (strictly) command you that ye should not teach in this name? (The Name of Jesus) And, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us.  Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.  (Acts 5:25-29)

Discerning Christians take Biblical Authority verses such as these as our steadfast standard.  We seek to be fully obedient to the Word and Commandments of God, and are only duty bound to obey the laws of mere men, IF the laws of mere sinful men are fully commensurate with the unchangeable Law of Almighty Lord God Jehovah.  Glory to His Holy Name!

Verse 4. “He shall judge the poor of the people, He shall save the children of the needy, and shall break in pieces the oppressor. Take fair warning, political oppressors of the poor, and the needy. Moreover, take fair warning police-officers, and soldiers, do not obey a temporal Government’s demand for you to oppress the Blood-bought children of King Jesus Christ!  “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the Living God.”  (Hebrews 10:31) “For our God is a consuming fire.”  (Hebrews 12:29) If you are reading this Bible exposition today, Sir, you have been duly warned!  The watchman has shouted the warning!  Take heed.

“Vengeance is Mine: I will repay, saith the Lord.”  (Romans 12:19)

Verse 5. “They shall fear Thee as long as the sun and moon endure. His Kingdom, moreover, is no house of cards, or dynasty of days; it is as lasting as the lights of Heaven; days and nights will cease before He abdicates His throne. Neither sun nor moon as yet manifest any failure in their radiance, nor are there any signs of decrepitude in the Kingdom of Jesus; on the contrary, it is but, in its youth, and is evidently the coming power, the rising sun.”  (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 309)

Verse 7. “In His days shall the righteous flourish; and abundance of peace so long as the moon endureth.  ‘The righteous’ here mentioned, are those who, by faith, have received Christ Jesus as our Lord and Saviour – we are then imputed the full righteousness of Him by the grace of our Divine Father, and through the full Atonement Blood of God the Son.

“For He (God the Father) hath made Him (God the Son) to be sin for us (God’s elect souls) …that we (saved sinners) might be made the righteousness of God in Him.”       (2 Corinthians 5:21)

Verse 8. “He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth. We are encouraged by such a passage as this to look for the Saviour’s universal reign; whether before or after His personal advent, we leave for discussion of others. In this Psalm, at least, we see a personal Monarch, and He is the central figure, the focus of all the glory; not His servant, but Himself do we see possessing the dominion and dispensing the government.  Personal pronouns referring to our great King are constantly occurring in this Psalm; He has dominion, kings fall down before Him, and serve Him; for He delivers, He spares, He saves, He lives, and daily is He praised.” (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 310) Hallelujah!  All glory and praise and honour and obedience unto King Jesus!

Should you and I, as discerning Christian servants of this Divine King, Jesus Christ, not seek to commit our full obedience to Him, and to Him alone?  Of course, we should!  Our very souls’ Eternal destination is in His Holy and merciful hands alone!  Glory to His Name!

Verse 12. “For He shall deliver the needy when he crieth.  Instinctively, we understand that swift deliverance of the underdog, the needy, is the act of a Godly ruler.  “He shall spare the poor and needy, and shall save the souls of the needy.”   (Psalm 50:13)

Thought: Godly Rulers, Government politicians, examine yourselves and the rules that you make!  The Lord God will not bless the governance of repressive tyrants, liars, or fools.  The nation’s Governments need to get right back to Biblical principles!

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