1 God, give the king the ability to judge fairly. He is your royal son. Help him to do what is right. 2 Then he will rule your people in the right way. He will be fair to those among your people who are hurting. 3 The mountains and the hills will produce rich crops, because the people will do what is right. 4 The king will stand up for those who are hurting. He will save the children of those who are in need. He will crush those who beat others down. 5 He will rule as long as the sun shines and the moon gives its light. He will rule for all time to come. 6 He will be like rain falling on the fields. He will be like showers watering the earth. 7 Godly people will do well as long as he rules. They will have more than they need as long as the moon lasts. 8 He will rule from ocean to ocean. His kingdom will reach from the Euphrates River to the ends of the earth. 9 The desert tribes will bow down to him. His enemies will lick the dust. 10 The kings of Tarshish and of places far away will bring him gifts. The kings of Sheba and Seba will give him presents. 11 All kings will bow down to him. All nations will serve him. 12 People who are in need will cry out, and he will save them. He will save those who are hurting. They don’t have anyone else who can help them. 13 He will take pity on those who are weak and in need. He will save them from death. 14 He will save them from people who beat others down. He will save them from people who do mean things to them. Their lives are very special to him. 15 May he live a long time! May gold from Sheba be given to him. May people always pray for him. May they ask the Lord to bless him all day long. 16 Let there be plenty of grain everywhere in the land. May it sway in the wind on the tops of the hills. Let crops grow well, like those in Lebanon. Let them grow like the grass of the field. 17 May the king’s name be remembered forever. May his fame last as long as the sun shines. All nations will be blessed because of him. They will call him blessed. 18 Give praise to the Lord God, the God of Israel. Only he can do wonderful things. 19 Give praise to his glorious name forever. May his glory fill the whole earth. Amen and Amen. 20 The prayers of David, the son of Jesse, end here.
Today’s passage provides a picture of what life would like if Jesus was directly in charge. He would rescue the poor, He would love everyone including those who we may think are difficult (while others think we are the difficult ones), He brings restoration and freedom and He understands all we go through – the highs and the lows. It’s a pretty amazing picture. And it’s good to be reminded what Jesus thinks should be the important parts of leading a community. It helps us adjust our thinking from the bombardment we get every day to go the way the world thinks is right.
Lord thanks for giving us this picture and many others throughout the Bible about how You think the world should work. Thank You that Your priorities are so much more about caring for each of us and for us caring for each other. Help us to get straight in our minds what Your priorities are and then to work out how to make them our priorities too. Thank You that you are worthy of praise, so much praise, never ending praise.
Written by Therese Manning