The close of the second book of the Psalter concludes with this doxology:
Praise be to the Lord God, the God of Israel, who alone does marvelous deeds.
Praise be to his glorious name forever;
may the whole earth be filled with his glory.
Amen and amen. (Psalm 72:18-19)
Our sense of forever is tempered by our fleeting existence in this world. Forever for us is the next forty or fifty years. We might have some small sense of what it will be like for our children to live on past our moment but our scope still remains limited.
Recognizing our limited historical frame of reference, we seek to have a positive effect on the world while we are here. The prayer at the center of this psalm is for the strength of the king, that he might have a positive effect and bless the people under his care. As we read these verses through modern eyes we find them strange without a human monarch that rules our lives. For the Christian however, we can see glimmers of the glory of our Holy King, Jesus.
Endow the king with your justice, O God, the royal son with your righteousness.
he will judge your people in righteousness, your afflicted ones with justice.
The mountains will bring prosperity to the people, the hills the fruit of righteousness.
he will defend the afflicted among the people and save the children of the needy;
he will crush the oppressor. (vv 1-4)
Are we faithful to pray for these qualities in our human leaders? Do we seek to embody them in ourselves?
Grace and peace to you.
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