Peace on Earth
Author: Robert P. Lightner
Week of August 23, 2015
Two artists set out to paint their concept of peace. The one put on his canvas a beautiful mountain lake protected on all sides by overhanging boulders. The water was placid and gave no indication of the breeze blowing high over it. This was his view of peace. The other artist sketched on his canvas a thundering waterfall. At the base of it there was a small birch tree. In one of the tiny branches he put a bird’s nest. A mother bird was there singing sweetly to her young, unaffected by all the commotion going on around her.
Psalm 72 was written by David probably about his son Solomon, but Christ, the Messiah, is the ultimate and final fulfillment. Someone has well said, this psalm was penned by a king for a king and concerns the King of kings. Psalm 72 certainly had a connection with Solomon’s reign of peace and prosperity, but it is also apparent that it refers to the Messiah and His righteous reign on earth. The king’s reign is described in verses 1-17. A doxology of praise concludes the psalm (vv. 18-20). When Christ returns to the earth, His reign will be righteous (vv. 1-7) and universal (vv. 8-11). His rule will be a most benevolent reign (vv. 12-14) and an everlasting one (vv. 15-17).
What a day that will be! From the beginning of time man has been searching for peace on earth. That great, grand, glorious day will come only when Christ, the Prince of peace, comes.
A wondrous truth: Christ brings peace when He is allowed entrance into the human heart. He makes possible peace with God (Rom. 5:1) and the peace of God (Phil. 4:7). He is our peace! Allow the peace you have with God to be reflected to those around you who do not have it.