Number: 204
Title: Psalm 72
Composer: Refrain: John Schiavone, 1975
Author: Psalm tone: Laurence Bevenot, 1986
Scripture: Psalm 72
Theme: Psalms

    Justice shall flourish in God's time, 
    and fullness of peace forever.

1.  Give the king Your jùstice, O God,
    and Your righteousness tó a king's son.
2.  May he judge Your peoplè with righteousness,
    and Your póor with justice. (R)

3.  May the mountains yield prosperity fòr the people,
    and the hílls, in righteousness.
4.  May he defend the cause of the poor of the people,
    give deliverance tò the needy,
    and crush thé oppressor. (R)

5.  May he live while the sùn endures,
    and as long as the moon, throughout all génerations.
6.  May he be like rain that falls òn the mown grass,
    like showers that wáter the earth. (R)

7.  In his days may rìghteousness flourish
    and peace abound, until the moon ís no more.
8.  May he have dominion from sèa to sea,
    and from the River to the ends óf the earth. (R)

9.  May his foes bow dòwn before him,
    and his enemies líck the dust.
10. May the kings of Tarshish and of the isles
    rènder him tribute,
    may the kings of Sheba and Seba bríng gifts. (R)

11. May all kings fall dòwn before him,
    all nations gíve him service.
12. For he delivers the needy whèn they call,
    the poor and those who háve no helper. (R)

13. He has pity on the weak ànd the needy,
    and saves the lives óf the needy.
14. From oppression and violence he redèems their life;
    and precious is their blood ín his sight. (R)