Endow the king with Your justice, O God, the royal son with Your righteousness. He will judge Your people in righteousness, Your afflicted ones with justice. Psalm 72:1-2
We might think that King Solomon, the author of this psalm, is referring to himself in this verse. He is, after all, the first king of Israel who is a “royal son.” He asked God for wisdom to judge the people in righteousness and was granted that wisdom by God. But the psalm goes on to talk about the king’s reign enduring “through all generations,” and we are led to ask, “Did Solomon really think he would live forever?” No, he was wiser than that.