Prayer: O God, let your Word flow through us and your love show to all we meet. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Gifts from above
1 Give the king your justice, O God, and your righteousness to a king’s son.
Martin Luther worried whether he was good enough for God. In fact, this was a constant fear for him. Often I, too, feel that I am beneath God’s expectations. Not an unusual feeling for many people I’m afraid. Our devotion writer explains; “His turning point came when he realized that God’s righteousness wasn’t something we need to measure up to: instead, righteousness is something God gives to us as a gift through faith in Jesus Christ. Likewise, God’s wisdom and strength are qualities God wants to share with us. The Lord is a generous giver, not a distant judge.”
So what do I do if God will not judge me? Then I like to judge myself. Not a wise thing to do! Put myself before God. I have to remind myself that if God forgives me, then who am I to judge?
Today’s text is a prayer to God for the king’s blessing. That the king will reflect God’s wisdom and justice. That he will reflect God’s peace. In order to do this he must recognize that God’s righteousness and peace is a gift. Faith is a gift. We don’t have to earn it. Our devotion writer claims; “Last month we elected a new president. Regardless of how you voted, our new president needs your prayers for God’s gifts of wisdom and righteousness. God is nonpartisan. The Creator’s gifts, like the sun and rain, are for all.”
Prayer: “O God, ruler of the nations, give justice and peace to all people on earth, through Christ. Amen.”
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
Prayer for Guidance and Support for the King
1 Give the king your justice, O God, and your righteousness to a king’s son. 2 May he judge your people with righteousness, and your poor with justice. 3 May the mountains yield prosperity for the people, and the hills, in righteousness. 4 May he defend the cause of the poor of the people, give deliverance to the needy, and crush the oppressor.
5 May he live while the sun endures, and as long as the moon, throughout all generations. 6 May he be like rain that falls on the mown grass, like showers that water the earth. 7 In his days may righteousness flourish and peace abound, until the moon is no more.
8 May he have dominion from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth. 9 May his foes bow down before him, and his enemies lick the dust. 10 May the kings of Tarshish and of the isles render him tribute, may the kings of Sheba and Seba bring gifts. 11 May all kings fall down before him, all nations give him service.
12 For he delivers the needy when they call, the poor and those who have no helper. 13 He has pity on the weak and the needy, and saves the lives of the needy. 14 From oppression and violence he redeems their life; and precious is their blood in his sight.
15 Long may he live! May gold of Sheba be given to him. May prayer be made for him continually, and blessings invoked for him all day long. 16 May there be abundance of grain in the land; may it wave on the tops of the mountains; may its fruit be like Lebanon; and may people blossom in the cities like the grass of the field. 17 May his name endure forever, his fame continue as long as the sun. May all nations be blessed in him; may they pronounce him happy.
18 Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, who alone does wondrous things. 19 Blessed be his glorious name forever; may his glory fill the whole earth. Amen and Amen.