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Wednesday, May 30. Psalms 72, 127

    There are two Psalms attributed to Solomon (72, 127), though he is obviously known more for his wisdom books.

    Psalm 72 begins as a request for the king of Israel, that God would give him a mind to know and do what is right.  God’s answer to that prayer will be seen in two ways: First, the actions of the king in behalf of the afflicted, the needy, the weak, little children.  All of these, the most vulnerable of society, will be protected by the king from those who would mistreat them.  He doesn’t just act in their behalf, he feels for them.  I love this phrase: “precious is their blood in his sight.”

    Because the king rules in this way, the way of God, the king is honored by other nations, and prosperity comes to his kingdom.  The prosperity is a blessing from God, who is praised at the end of the prayer.  Because the nation of the righteous king prospers, blessing overflows to surrounding nations as well.  His becomes a model for them to follow.

    To seek the guidance of God.  To stand for what is right and good.  To protect and help the weak.  This are, first and foremost, the goals of good government.  A nation that seeks to remove God from the equation is a nation doomed to failure, and mountains of military might, freedom, and capitalism will not change that fact.  This truth will always be lost on the world, but it must not be lost on us.  As we have opportunity to select public officials, God’s people should choose those who have embraced this ideal.  The blessing of God for us all hangs in the balance.