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Sunday, February 1 2015
Psalm 72: David's Psalm For Solomon
"A Psalm for Solomon"
The Psalms of David were written over many years. Some were composed during the Civil War, before David became king (e.g. see The Civil War Psalm). One of his last Psalms was written near the end of his physical life, as king, to his son Solomon - who had already begun to reign to counter an attempted coup by his brother (see The Day Of Three Kings).
"1:28 Then king David answered and said, Call me Bathsheba. And she came into the king's presence, and stood before the king.
David did not simply make Solomon a favored son. David gave Solomon the responsibility to carry on what David had been assigned to do. David made plain to Solomon that his future was in his own hands. The LORD would bless him (see the Fact Finder question below) if, and only as long as, Solomon remained faithful and obedient to the actual King of Israel (see The Patriotism Prophecy).
"2:2 I go the way of all the earth: be thou strong therefore, and shew thyself a man; 2:3 And keep the charge of the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and his testimonies, as it is written in the law of Moses, that thou mayest prosper in all that thou doest, and whithersoever thou turnest thyself: 2:4 That the LORD may continue his word which he spake concerning me, saying, If thy children take heed to their way, to walk before me in truth with all their heart and with all their soul, there shall not fail thee (said he) a man on the throne of Israel." (Kings 2:2-4 KJV)
The Seventy-second Psalm was written at and for the beginning of Solomon's reign - with terminology that looked far beyond to the Messiah (see The Prophecy Of King David's Messianic Throne).
"72:1 A Psalm for Solomon.
Fact Finder: What did the LORD say to Solomon?
This Day In History, February 1
1327: Edward III was coronated King of England. The Hundred Years War began during his reign.
1328: Charles IV of France, the last monarch in the direct line of the Capetian dynasty (named after Hugh Capet who became king in 987), died.
1542: Cardinal Girolamo Aleandro died at age 62. He was an active opponent of the Lutheran Reformation. In 1520 Pope Leo X sent him to Germany to lead the opposition against Martin Luther at the Diet of Worms (named after Vorms, a city in Germany). In Brussels, Aleandro was responsible for the death of the first martyrs of the Reformation.
1587: Elizabeth I, daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn (Henry broke away from Rome and created the Church of England so that he could divorce his first wife, Katherine of Aragon, to marry Anne Boleyn), signed the Warrant of Execution for (Roman Catholic) Mary Queen of Scots who was involved in three assassination attempts on Elizabeth I.
1662: Chinese General Koxinga captured the island of Taiwan.
1793: Revolutionary France declared war on England and Holland. French King Louis XVI was executed shortly before.
1796: The capital of Upper Canada (a term based upon the flow of the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River toward the Atlantic Ocean i.e. Upper Canada was southern Ontario and Lower Canada was southern Quebec) was moved from Newark (today, Niagara On The Lake, Ontario) to York (today, Toronto, Ontario).
1861: 25 years after seceding from Mexico in 1836, Texas seceded from the U.S. to join the Confederate States of America.
1884: The Oxford English Dictionary's first volume was published.
1908: King Carlos I (Carlos is the Spanish form of "Charles") of Portugal was assassinated with his son in Lisbon.
1909: U.S. invasion forces left Cuba after installing Jose Miguel Gomez as President. Gomez left Cuba in 1920 and died in exile in New York City.
1920: The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP, the "Mounties") were established. They were created from the merger of the Northwest Mounted Police and Dominion Police.
1934: Austrian Chancellor Engelbert Dollfuss dissolved all political parties except his own "Fatherland Front." Another Austrian, Adolf Hitler, had just been elected as Chancellor in Germany (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1949: Israel formally annexed "West Jerusalem" (see the series of Jerusalem history studies beginning with A History Of Jerusalem: In The Beginning).
1958: Egypt and Syria proclaimed their union as "The United Arab Republic."
1979: In Teheran, Iran, the Ayatollah Khomeini returned from 15 years of exile in France. The Shah (king) had fled the country 2 weeks earlier for exile in the U.S.
2003: The U.S. Space Shuttle Columbia disintegrated upon re-entry killing all 7 astronauts aboard: Rick Husband, Michael Anderson, David Brown, Kalpana Chawla, Laurel Clark, William McCool, and the first Israeli astronaut, Ilan Ramon.
2004: 251 Muslims were trampled to death and 244 injured in a stampede at the Hajj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.