Thursday, January 3, 2013

the king's justice

Good evening friends,
Today's reading is a prayer for Israel's King. Reading a prayer like this gives us a sense for how the writer imagines power should be used. The king should promote justice for all with special attention to those in need. When we think about Jesus as the King of creation, we see these same traits. How do we live these values in our lives and as a community?

God bless,

Psalm 72:1-9
1Give the king your justice, O God, and your righteousness to a king’s son.
2May he judge your people with righteousness, and your poor with justice.
3May the mountains yield prosperity for the people, and the hills, in righteousness.
4May he defend the cause of the poor of the people, give deliverance to the needy, 
and crush the oppressor.
5May he live while the sun endures, and as long as the moon, throughout all generations.
6May he be like rain that falls on the mown grass, like showers that water the earth.
7In his days may righteousness flourish and peace abound, until the moon is no more.
8May he have dominion from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth.
9May his foes bow down before him, and his enemies lick the dust.

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