God, give your judgments to the king.
Give your righteousness to the king’s son.
Let him judge your people with righteousness
and your poor ones with justice.
Let the mountains bring peace to the people;
let the hills bring righteousness.
Let the king bring justice to people who are poor;
let him save the children of those who are needy,
but let him crush oppressors!
Let the king live as long as the sun,
as long as the moon,
generation to generation.
Let him fall like rain upon fresh-cut grass,
like showers that water the earth.
Let the righteous flourish throughout their lives,
and let peace prosper until the moon is no more.
Let the king rule from sea to sea,
from the river to the ends of the earth.
Let the desert dwellers bow low before him;
let his enemies lick the dust.
Let the kings of Tarshish and the islands bring tribute;
let the kings of Sheba and Seba present gifts.
Let all the kings bow down before him;
let all the nations serve him.
Let it be so, because he delivers the needy who cry out,
the poor, and those who have no helper.
He has compassion on the weak and the needy;
he saves the lives of those who are in need.
He redeems their lives from oppression and violence;
their blood is precious in his eyes.
Let the king live long!
Let Sheba’s gold be given to him!
Let him be prayed for always!
Let him be blessed all day long!
Let there be abundant grain in the land.
Let it wave on the mountaintops.
Let its fruit flourish like Lebanon.
Let it thrive like grass on the land.
Let the king’s name last forever.
Let his name endure as long as the sun.
Let all the nations be blessed through him and call him happy.
Bless the Lord God, the God of Israel—
the only one who does wondrous things!
Bless God’s glorious name forever;
let his glory fill all the earth!
Amen and Amen!
The prayers of David, Jesse’s son, are ended.
— Psalm 72
This psalm is a prayer for the promised king, a message of peace for the poorest, for the children of those in need. There shall be grain everywhere in the country, abundant and luxurious.
What a full harvest our fields provided this year and every year. We enjoyed the harvest season, even if we aren't farmers ourselves. It is a joy to see all the traffic on the roads, as wagons of grain are brought in.
Do we realize how blessed we are to have food for every meal, enough to make us overweight? Give glory to God, who provides us this blessing! How do we glorify God in this festive season? As we plan for feast meals and rich treats, do we share with the poorest and the children of those in need? Take a sack-full (not just one item) of groceries to the food pantry and drop off a check at the city clerk or the utility company for a needy family.
Prayer: Giving God, open my heart so that I may share with those who are not as fortunate as me. No matter what trial I am facing, help me to see that there are others who are less fortunate. Amen.
By: Rev. Jane Shepherd