Psalm 72 is a psalm of Solomon, which could mean in Hebrew "of Solomon" or "by Solomon" (or both) for the occasion of his coronation. It may well have been used at the coronation of other kings from David's line. In accord with the promise of 2 Samuel: 8-7, the line of Davidic kings prophetically pointed to the ultimate Son of David, Jesus. The psalmist realizes that even the best of the Davidic kings fell short of the ideal. So we also often fail to live as we should. Yet our hope is in David's Son and Lord, Jesus Christ, who has brought us eternal salvation.
Psalm 73 deals with the same issues as the Book of Job. The psalmist expresses his doubts and struggles, yet passes through them to a faith renewed by God's faithfulness and promises. Being troubled by doubt and envy does not mean that we have lost our faith. We are called to struggle against doubt and envy. We find strength to do so in the certainty of the final outcome of God's promises.
In our reading from Acts, Paul makes his defense before King Agrippa. He describes his zealous opposition to Jesus and the Gospel message. He continues his defense before the king, recounting how the Lord converted him from the ardent persecutor of the faith to an avid apostle. To refuse to listen to God's clear Word is to remain in-or turn back to-darkness. The Lord turns us from darkness to light when we hear and believe the beautiful message of Jesus' life, death, and resurrection.
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage passage: Psalms 74-76; Acts 27:1-26