Read Psalm 72:1-7 and 18-19
Teach the king to judge with your righteousness, O God;
share with him your own justice,
2so that he will rule over your people with justice
and govern the oppressed with righteousness.
3May the land enjoy prosperity;
may it experience righteousness.
4May the king judge the poor fairly;
may he help the needy
and defeat their oppressors.
5May your people worship you
as long as the sun shines, as long as the moon gives light, for ages to come.
6May the king be like rain on the fields,
like showers falling on the land.
7May righteousness flourish in his lifetime,
and may prosperity last as long as the moon gives light.
18Praise the Lord, the God of Israel!
He alone does these wonderful things.
19Praise his glorious name for ever!
May his glory fill the whole world.
This Psalm is a prayer of 'guidance and support' for the King. In Jesus we see this prayer answered. But each of us have 'authority' in our own spheres - with Jesus in us, do we treat the poor with justice, defend their cause and oppose oppression?
Jesus, you are our King.
In the mean time we live under earthly powers and rulers. We pray for our government, our church, and those in economic power. May we live into the prayers of Psalm 72.