“Give the king your justice, O God,
and your righteousness to the royal son!
May he judge your people with righteousness,
and your poor with justice!
Let the mountains bear prosperity for the people,
and the hills, in righteousness!
May he defend the cause of the poor of the people,
give deliverance to the children of the needy,
and crush the oppressor!
May they fear you while the sun endures,
and as long as the moon, throughout all generations!
May he be like rain that falls on the mown grass,
like showers that water the earth!
In his days may the righteous flourish,
and peace abound, till the moon be no more!” Psalm 72:1-7
Today’s psalm is a heartfelt prayer of thanksgiving and supplication for the king of Israel. Being blessed with good political leadership is naturally a good thing. However, Israel was blessed when she had a king who loved God and lived closely with Him.
We may feel a pang of jealousy when we consider the leadership of God’s people in the Old Testament. We might long for a leader like king David or Solomon to lead our nation. However, Jesus taught, “The Queen of the South will rise up at the judgment with the men of this generation and condemn them, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and behold, something greater than Solomon is here.” (Luke 11:31) He continued on to point out He is greater than Jonah too. Hebrews 3:1-6 tells us Jesus is greater than even Moses.
We may long for some kind of great political leader, but our true King is greater than any human leader we can ever hope for. The psalmist asks God that the king can “live forever”; we need make no such prayer. Our King is Eternal and will reign forever. So today, let’s pray for our leaders as we are commanded to do, (1 Timothy 2:1-2) and show them honor (1 Peter 2:17). We may find it hard to honor our political leaders, but it’s not something we can simply opt out of. After all, Peter told the church to honor the Roman emperor who certainly wasn’t a fan of Jesus or His followers. We are certainly to obey God over the commands of human leaders when they conflict (Acts 5:29), but we are to show grace and compassion towards everyone and seek to live at peace with all. (Romans 12:18)
So today, let’s be thankful we have a King who rules over us with love, mercy and generosity. Our human leaders may not always impress us, but God will always be faithful to His promises no matter what political circumstances come to pass in our lives.
Prayer for Today:
God of the Universe, thank you for being my True King. Rule over my heart and my mind today and give me the wisdom to live out your will. Jesus, teach me your ways that I can be a faithful citizen of Heaven. By your Holy Spirit give me eyes to see the glory of your eternal Kingdom, that I can praise your name forever. Amen.