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A Child of The King



Psalm 72:1–3

A Psalm for Solomon.

1Give the king thy judgments, O God, And thy righteousness unto the king’s son. 2He shall judge thy people with righteousness, And thy poor with judgment. 3The mountains shall bring peace to the people, And the little hills, by righteousness.



His story is one of sadness and disappointment. At his birth, there was great celebration with the expectations that he would eventually wear the crown and rule his people well. That supposed destiny was never realized. Rather than living a long life in luxury, ruling as a king, he died at the age of ten from tuberculosis which he caught in the harsh conditions of prison. The little boy was abused in almost every way possible, verbally, mentally, emotionally and physically. Why? His father was the king, king Louis XVI of France. Little Louis XVII, was kept dirty, malnourished and tormented. It is said that vile men tried to get the little guy drunk and get him to say and do the vilest of things as their royal slave but the prince tried very hard to refuse. They say he squeezed his little fists, stomped his little feet as his French curls bounced saying, “I will not, I will not, I am a king’s son, I am a king’s son”. He had been trained by his tutors of a way of life not fitting for his royal stature. He was raised to remember to act like a good king!


Psalm 72 is a royal psalm, a prayer for a king. The header tells us a lot about Psalm 72.

A Psalm for Solomon

Because of the last verse of Psalm 72 I believe that it was a prayer of David for his son who was to reign in his stead.

Psalm 72:20 The prayers of David the son of Jesse are ended.

This king wants desperately for his son to carry on his legacy and rule well. He pleads for “righteousness” in all three verses of our short reading. Notice specifically verse one.

Psalm 72:1 Give the king thy judgments, O God, And thy righteousness unto the king’s son.

He desires a greater righteousness for his son, the righteousness of God himself. At first, Solomon appeared to have a greater righteousness but unfortunately didn’t end his reign like he started, living in excess at the expense of his people. The prayer of this father was not fully answered by this son but through his lineage one greater than Solomon came, a true King that will always rule justly and right. I believe that Jesus Christ fulfilled David’s prayer and because of him I can read verse one as a prayer answered for me.

Psalm 72:1 Give the king thy judgments, O God, And thy righteousness unto the king’s son.

I have been adopted into the family of God. I am a child of the King! The righteousness of God has been given to this King’s son. Jesus took my sin and shame and exchanged it with his righteousness record.


2 Corinthians 5:21 21For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Now I just need to remember this truth whenever I am tempted. Help me to clinch my fist and stomp my feet and bounce my curls. (Yea, I wish I had some curls!) Help me to say like little Louis, “I will not! I will not! I am a child of the King!”


Have you received this adoption made possible by Christ? Have you accepted his righteousness?

If so, never forget who you are...


You are a child of the King!

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