JESUS SHALL REIGN
by Wayne S. Walker
"Yes, all kings shall fall down before Him; all nations shall serve Him" (Psalm 72:11). Psalm 72 is identified as "A Psalm of Solomon." In verse 1, Solomon prays, "Give the king Your judgements, O God, and Your righteousness to the king’s Son." This Psalm has long been considered Messianic. In fact, the heading in the New King James Version says, "Glory and Universality of the Messiah’s Reign." With this understanding, we would naturally conclude that verse 1 has Solomon praying that God would give him, as king, His judgments, and would give his Son–not just his immediate son Rehoboam but his most illustrious descendent the Messiah–His righteousness. The succeeding verses speak of how the Messiah would then judge the people, bring blessings to all mankind, and have dominion from sea to sea, so that all kings should fall down before Him and all nations should serve Him.
The Messiah came to establish a kingdom, of which it was said, "…And all nations shall flow to it" (Isaiah 2:2). The reason why this is so is that even in the first century "the gospel…was preached to every creature under heaven" (Colossians 1:23). Therefore, the Messiah is to be praised as the one who has "redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation" (Revelation 5:9). Based on this Psalm, Isaac Watts wrote, "Jesus shall reign where’er the sun Does his successive journeys run; His kingdom spread from shore to shore, Till moons shall was and wane no more." Indeed, people out of every nation throughout the history of this earth since the first century have accepted the reign of the Messiah by obeying His will revealed in the scriptures.
Of course, it is true, that, literally speaking, not all kings have fallen down before Him nor all nations served Him. God gives people free choice whether or not to accept the reign of the Messiah in their hearts and the law of His kingdom or church in their lives. His desire is "that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth" (Philippians 2:10). However, whether here to their salvation, or later to their condemnation, the fact is that in judgment "every knee shall bow to Me" says the Lord (Romans 14:11). But if people wait till then, it will be too late. However, Jesus will continue to reign over the righteous in heaven while those who refused His rule in life will suffer eternal punishment in hell under the devil’s reign. The choice is yours and mine to make now.