During this evening’s worship service, our church spent time praying for Southern Baptist church planters in all 50 states, as well as elected officials from each state and our national leaders. To follow up on this, I wanted to share a passage on which I’ve been reflecting during this week’s final run-up to the big election on Tuesday. From the ESV, here is Psalm 72:1-7:
- Give the king your justice, O God,
and your righteousness to the royal son!
- May he judge your people with righteousness,
and your poor with justice!
- Let the mountains bear prosperity for the people,
and the hills, in righteousness!
- May he defend the cause of the poor of the people,
give deliverance to the children of the needy,
and crush the oppressor!
- May they fear you while the sun endures,
and as long as the moon, throughout all generations!
- May he be like rain that falls on the mown grass,
like showers that water the earth!
- In his days may the righteous flourish,
and peace abound, till the moon be no more!
While in many ways this passage (and the rest of Psalm 72) is messianic, pointing ultimately to the future eternal reign of Christ, it was also a prayer for an earthly ruler. It’s a good reminder that we should pray for our leaders, but also that our final hope lies in Jesus, not in a political leader (Psalm 146:3).
Regardless who wins the presidential election on Tuesday, I pray that the next four years would be a period in which Americans may be judged with justice. I pray for righteousness and prosperity for all people, and that our nation’s poor would see their needs met and their oppressors crushed. I pray that many will be saved, coming to know and fear the Lord. May God’s people flourish, and may peace abound!
Here is an excellent arrangement by Enfield of an Isaac Watts hymn based on Psalm 72: