Reading: Psalm 72: 1-7 and 10-14
A good king in Israel would rule with justice and righteousness. A good king would protect the people and provide for their needs. A good king was sensitive to the needs and concerns of the poor and needy, giving them voice and meeting their basic needs. A good king ruled according to God’s will. The people prayed daily for the King, asking God to bless their reign with justice and righteousness. Life was simply better when a good king reigned.
Today we do not have kings but have presidents, prime ministers, chancellors, senators, representatives, judges, governors, legislators, mayors, councilmen, and councilwomen. The titles have changed by the roles should not. As whatever level one serves, it should still be with righteousness and justice. All should serve for the good of the people and the prosperity of the nation, state, city, or community. It should not be a self-serving role. Our role should not change either. Our role is still to pray daily for all of our leaders.
As the people of God, we should pray each day for our leaders, at all levels, whether or not we align with their political leanings. Each day we should pray for our leaders to govern with righteousness and justice, with compassion and understanding. Each day we should pray for our leaders to be sensitive to the needs of the poor and the outcasts, for those without voice. Each day we should pray that our leaders would lead according to God’s will. And each day we should pray for our leaders to know and walk with Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
May we be faithful in our daily prayers for our leaders so that God’s blessings and justice and righteousness may touch the land. May we ever lift up our leaders so that God’s glory may shine through them.