"Give your love of justice to the king, O God, and righteousness to the king’s son. Help him judge your people in the right way; let the poor always be treated fairly. May the mountains yield prosperity for all, and may the hills be fruitful. Help him to defend the poor, to rescue the children of the needy, and to crush their oppressors. May they fear you as long as the sun shines, as long as the moon remains in the sky. Yes, forever! May the king’s rule be refreshing like spring rain on freshly cut grass, like the showers that water the earth. May all the godly flourish during his reign. May there be abundant prosperity until the moon is no more. May he reign from sea to sea, and from the Euphrates River to the ends of the earth. Desert nomads will bow before him; his enemies will fall before him in the dust. The western kings of Tarshish and other distant lands will bring him tribute. The eastern kings of Sheba and Seba will bring him gifts. All kings will bow before him, and all nations will serve him. He will rescue the poor when they cry to him; he will help the oppressed, who have no one to defend them. He feels pity for the weak and the needy, and he will rescue them. He will redeem them from oppression and violence, for their lives are precious to him. Long live the king! May the gold of Sheba be given to him. May the people always pray for him and bless him all day long. May there be abundant grain throughout the land, flourishing even on the hilltops. May the fruit trees flourish like the trees of Lebanon, and may the people thrive like grass in a field. May the king’s name endure forever; may it continue as long as the sun shines. May all nations be blessed through him and bring him praise. Praise the Lord God, the God of Israel, who alone does such wonderful things. Praise his glorious name forever! Let the whole earth be filled with his glory. Amen and amen! (This ends the prayers of David son of Jesse.)”
Psalms 72:1-20 NLT
Solomon became king following his father David. Some say that this Psalm is a prayer of David for his son. Others dispute this and accept it as written by Solomon. Either way, the content is very clear. God's blessing is invoked upon the king (Solomon). The psalmist prays for justice to be in the kings heart, for the poor to be treated fairly, for a fertile and fruitful land, for the fear of God to rule in his heart, for the godly to flourish in the land, and for prosperity to abound. This would be a most appropriate prayer for us to pray over our own President and land. We have known these things in our nations past and we desperately need all of them now! Some believe that the latter part of this chapter is referring to the Messiah who would be The Anointed One from God. He is the only King who deserves worship and who's name endures forever. “Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:9-11 NLT Today, let all of God's children pray that God's righteousness will fill the heart of our president, that godliness will prevail, that reverence for God will return, and that we will, once again, know that the prosperity we are afforded is from the hand of our merciful God! Only He can save our nation!
Rev. Curtis Norris