Read Psalm 72:1-7 & 18-19
72 Teach the king to judge with your righteousness, O God;
share with him your own justice,
2 so that he will rule over your people with justice
and govern the oppressed with righteousness.
3 May the land enjoy prosperity;
may it experience righteousness.
4 May the king judge the poor fairly;
may he help the needy
and defeat their oppressors.
5 May your people worship you
as long as the sun shines, as long as the moon gives light, for ages to come.
6 May the king be like rain on the fields,
like showers falling on the land.
7 May righteousness flourish in his lifetime,
and may prosperity last as long as the moon gives light.
18 Praise the Lord, the God of Israel!
He alone does these wonderful things.
19 Praise his glorious name for ever!
May his glory fill the whole world.
In South Africa we are currently mourning the death of President Mandela. The Psalmists weren’t all about Spiritual things, they were also about practical things – like kings and rulers. This Psalm is a prayer for Kings. But, even as the Psalmist prays for the King – he notes that it is only in God’s power that this prayer could be answered.
Give thanks for leaders who govern God’s way and pray that God would ‘share his own justice with them’. Pray also – that in our spheres of influence we would also practice God’s justice.