The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire BiblePsalms 72:7
In his days shall the righteous flourish…
As the grass of
the field, (Psalms 72:16) ; the dews and rain of grace descending upon them;
and as a branch, (Proverbs 11:28) . They being branches in Christ the vine,
flourish and bring forth fruit; and as the palm tree, (Psalms 92:12) ; which
the more it is pressed with weights, the more it grows; so they, the
more they are afflicted, as the Israelites, the more they grow in grace
and experience, and become fruitful in every good word and work; which
is owing to their being planted in a good soil, in the house and courts
of the Lord, where the word is preached, and ordinances administered;
to their being rooted and grounded in the love of God and grace of
Christ; to their being watered continually with the dews of divine
favour; enjoying the bright shining of the sun of righteousness, and
the refreshing gales of the divine Spirit, like the south wind upon
them, causing their spices to flow out. The Targum is,
``in his days the righteous shall be multiplied;''
when the forces and fulness of the Gentiles shall be brought in, and
the nation of the Jews shall be born at once: in the latter days of the
Messiah, all the Lord's people shall be righteous; and none but
righteous persons shall dwell in the new heavens and earth, (Isaiah 60:21)
(2 Peter 3:13) . This is to be understood not of persons outwardly righteous
only; nor that are so in their own conceit; nor that seek for
righteousness by the works of the law, or depend on an external
profession of religion; for such never flourish, nor grow in grace, who
have no grace to grow in: but of such that are justified by the
righteousness of Christ, have faith in him, and the seed of grace
implanted in them. This is interpreted of the Messiah, by a Jewish
writer F24; who observes, that in his days the priesthood shall return,
and the rod of Aaron shall flourish;
and abundance of peace, so long as the moon endureth;
doubt, to the name of Solomon, which signifies peace; and to that peace
and prosperity which were enjoyed under his reign, and was a shadow of
what would be in the times of Christ: universal peace, in a temporal
sense, was in the times of Augustus, in which Christ was born, and in
whose reign the temple of Janus was shut, a sure sign of peace F25.
Spiritual peace was made with God by his blood, and all things were
reconciled by him, whether in heaven or in earth; Jew and Gentile were
made both one, and reconciled in one body; and abundance of spiritual
peace is enjoyed by those that believe in Christ: they are kept in
perfect peace, and filled with it; and in the latter day there will be
abundance of peace among the saints, There will be no disputes nor discord
among them; no envying nor vexing one another; no animosities or
contentions about religious matters; for they will then see eye to eye:
and they will be at peace with the men of the world; there will be no
more wars in the earth, nor bloodshed, nor persecution. And this shall
endure till there is no moon, till there shall be no need of one; as
there will not in the New Jerusalem state, in which there will be no
F24 Baal Hatiurim in Numb. fol. 169. 3.
F25 Vell. Patercul. Hist. Rom. l. 2. Aurel. Victor. de Vir. Illust.
Addit. c. 2. de Caesar. c. 1.
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Gill, John. "Commentary on Psalm 72:7". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/geb/view.cgi?book=ps&chapter=072&verse=007>. 1999.