The Death of a Dream | Psalm 72:8-14
Today's Passage: Psalm 72:8-14
Key Verses: Psalm 72:8-11
May he rule from sea to sea and from the River to the ends of the earth. May the desert tribes bow before him and his enemies lick the dust. May the kings of Tarshish and of distant shores bring tribute to him. May the kings of Sheba and Seba present him gifts. May all kings bow down to him and all nations serve him.
Solomon, the author of this psalm, was a visionary. He anticipated that his kingdom would extend from sea to sea; from the Euphrates River around the world. Rulers would bring gifts to him and serve him.
The Queen of Sheba (present day Yemen) did bring a load of gifts to Solomon. She was very impressed with his wealth and wisdom. She said, "The report I heard in my own country about your achievements and wisdom is trueÖindeed not even half was told me." (1 Kings 10)
Unfortunately Solomon's wisdom was not applied with women. When he was old "his wives turned his heart after other gods." His vision was never realized. War split the prosperous kingdom. Both the North (Israel) and South (Judah) were eventually defeated and the people taken into captivity. The lesson: Make sure the actions of your life match the prayers of your lips.
Father, please don't let us pull a Solomon. Don't let our actions negate our prayers. In Jesus' name. Amen.