Give the king thy judgments, O God, and thy righteousness unto the king's son.
2 He shall judge thy people with righteousness, and thy poor with judgment.
3 The mountains shall bring peace to the people, and the little hills, by righteousness.
4 He shall judge the poor of the people, he shall save the children of the needy, and shall break in pieces the oppressor.
5 They shall fear thee as long as the sun and moon endure, throughout all generations.
6 He shall come down like rain upon the mown grass: as showers that water the earth.
7 In his days shall the righteous flourish; and abundance of peace so long as the moon endureth.
8 He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth.
9 They that dwell in the wilderness shall bow before him; and his enemies shall lick the dust.
10 The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall bring presents: the kings of Sheba and Seba shall offer gifts.
11 Yea, all kings shall fall down before him: all nations shall serve him.
12 For he shall deliver the needy when he crieth; the poor also, and him that hath no helper.
13 He shall spare the poor and needy, and shall save the souls of the needy.
14 He shall redeem their soul from deceit and violence: and precious shall their blood be in his sight.
15 And he shall live, and to him shall be given of the gold of Sheba: prayer also shall be made for him continually; and daily shall he be praised.
16 There shall be an handful of corn in the earth upon the top of the mountains; the fruit thereof shall shake like Lebanon: and they of the city shall flourish like grass of the earth.
17 His name shall endure for ever: his name shall be continued as long as the sun: and men shall be blessed in him: all nations shall call him blessed.
18 Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, who only doeth wondrous things.
19 And blessed be his glorious name for ever: and let the whole earth be filled with his glory; Amen, and Amen.
20 The prayers of David the son of Jesse are ended.
How long is your wish list? When God asked Solomon for what he wanted he asked for just one thing – wisdom.
Someone asked a woman who had worked in the kitchen of an orphanage almost all her life what she would ask for if she were granted three wishes. Without thinking she replied, “Enough food for all the children.” For the second wish she said, “Maybe a washing machine.” Pressed for the third wish, she thought for a while and then said, “I don’t know. Two is enough.” Who among us would not have paused for reflection, but only because we would have had trouble narrowing our list to three!
Solomon’s wisdom and acute sense of justice became legendary. His faithfulness to God resulted in the prosperity of the nation. God granted him further blessings – victory in wars which resulted in considerable wealth, and long life.
Sadly, much of Solomon’s long life was wasted because he forsook God. He pursued fame and honor. He sought happiness in acquisitions. The wise king came to his senses and realized, as he had at the very beginning, that happiness is a gift from God, but he had wasted so much valuable time.